IRMA FLORIDA: Woman forced to deliver her own baby

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One person in Miami will have a lifelong story to tell about the day she was born in the midst of Hurricane Irma.

A photo of newborn “baby Nayiri Storm” is trending on social media after it was posted by the Miami-Dade Police Department on Saturday. The baby’s mom went into labor just a few hours before the category 4 storm threatened the area with 130 mph winds and 12-18 inch rainfall.

“Welcome to the world baby Nayiri Storm!” the police department captioned the photo as they prepared to transport mother and child from a local hospital to a hotel. “Glad our officers were able to assist the family safely from hospital to hotel. #PerfectName.”

Hurricane Irma was originally expected to hit the city of Miami head-on, but its course changed, largely sparing the area the worst of the storm. However, wind gusts became so extreme overnight that Miami’s rescue crews were told to use their best judgment when deciding whether to respond to emergency calls.

With paramedics unable to go out into the storm, a dispatcher had to talk the woman through delivering her baby at home, according to Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia.

Mom and baby girl were taken to the hospital by emergency workers.

“We weren’t able to respond. So she delivered the placenta, also. Dispatch told her how to tie it off. She’s stable at home,” Garcia said. “We made contact with the assistant medical director here. Talked things through.”

Pete Gomez, Miami’s emergency management director, said conditions remain dangerous, so replacement crews will not be coming in until the weather improves.

“We’ve got to follow our protocol,” he said.

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