Woman Delivers Her Own Baby During Hurricane Irma Because Moms Are Superheroes

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You may think the tale of the night your baby was born is a wild one, but this new mom could likely give any birth story a run for its money. A woman from the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami delivered her own baby this weekend when Hurricane Irma's winds prevented rescue workers from coming to her aid.

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The woman, who hasn't been identified publicly, first called emergency services at 3:23 a.m. on Sunday morning to report that she was in labor. At this point Hurricane Irma was a Category 4 storm, and its powerful winds were making it nearly impossible for paramedics and fire crews to respond to the dozens of calls they were receiving. 

According to the Washington Post, Miami Fire Rescue Assistant Fire Chief Pete Gomez said the fire department received more than 430 calls from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday. They were able to respond to every call that came in until midnight Saturday, when they made the difficult call to keep crews in from the storm out of safety concerns. 

The woman called back at 5:35 a.m. to say her labor had progressed and she was about to give birth. Ready or not, the baby was coming.

Paramedics, a dispatcher, and a doctor from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami talked mom through the delivery via conference call. She handled everything from delivering the placenta to cutting the umbilical cord on her own.


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"Baby came out good, healthy," Gomez said. "The woman was doing good, too." There's no details as to how long the delivery took or whether mom was solo (if she was, maybe she really is Wonder Woman). As soon as the weather was calm enough, rescue crews transported both mom and baby to the hospital Sunday morning.


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