I’m not going to lie, I had a little freak-out the other night as the news prepared us for a major snowstorm that was coming to New York City. With 10-12 inches of snow expected for us and streets that had yet to be plowed in my neighborhood, I was convinced I was going to go into labor with no way to get to the hospital.
Before the storm hit us hard, I had my weekly appointment with my doctor who told me I was progressing, dilated more than last week, and that it could be a matter of days for him to arrive. I don’t know if it was the anxiety of what she told me or the snowstorm, but I immediately start having contractions.
Although I didn’t go into labor that night, my fears came to life for a Philadelphia woman who went into labor during the storm. Shirley Kim Bonnani delivered a healthy baby girl outside on a sled when she couldn’t make it to the hospital because of the snow. After waking up to contractions, Bonnani took a shower and got ready to go to the hospital, but by that time her contractions were so close together she couldn’t even walk. Her husband put her in a plastic sled to take her to the car, but the family car couldn’t make it up the steep snowy hill and the baby was ready to be delivered.
Neighbors, family and the 911 dispatcher helped the Bonnanis deliver their daughter on side of the road. Shortly after the delivery, an ambulance was able to make it to the couple’s house to transfer both mom and baby to a local hospital where they are resting comfortably.
I’ve heard these kind of stories often and every single time I want to tell the mother how wonderful she is. Labor and delivery is stressful as it is, but to do it under these types of circumstances is beyond amazing. It’s strength that I don’t know if I would have being put in that kind of situation.
This is just more proof that a woman’s power, strength and love for her child can help her get through anything.
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