Hurricane Sandy Birth Stories
It’s safe to say that 34 year old Christine Schleppy didn’t have “deliver during a hurricane in a mobile medical shelter” in her birth plan. But that’s exactly what happened after she started having contractions last night at 6 p.m., just as Hurricane Sandy was hitting her New Jersey neighborhood, reports ABC News.
Christine was 35 weeks along when her labor started, and when her contractions got intense, her husband, David Schleppy called 911. During the dramatic trip through water and debris toward the hospital, the ambulance got stuck in the mud, and the Schleppys had to be transferred to a fire department SUV. Sounds like a scene from a movie!
“It was definitely stressful,” said David to ABC News. “She wasn’t happy [with not having an epidural] but ultimately the main concern was to have a healthy baby.”
And a healthy baby and a happy ending they got, with the help of Dr. Herman Morchel and the Hackensack University Medical Center’s Mobile Satellite Emergency Department shelter team who delivered Liam Alexander Schleppy, 5 pounds, 2 ounces, at 11 p.m. We’re guessing that five hours of labor felt a lot longer than that.
Another superstorm Sandy baby was little Marianna Harutunian, a 7-pound, 5-ounce girl born 8:38 p.m. The trip to the hospital was not one they’ll soon forget, either. With trees on the roads and winds whipping against them, “it was a little bit of a roller-coaster ride,” new dad Vartar Harutunian said.
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