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Florida woman delivers own baby at home as Irma rages

13 September 2017, 02:42 | Henrietta Morgan

Miami Beach Mayor In His Office As Hurricane Irma Lashes Florida CBSNews

Miami Beach Mayor In His Office As Hurricane Irma Lashes Florida	 	 	 			CBSNews

So she delivered the placenta, also.

She reportedly called in at 3:23 a.m. on September 10, telling the dispatcher she was in labor. This time, she was about to give birth.

Paramedics, a dispatcher, and a doctor from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami talked mom through the delivery via conference call.

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Although Miami has been spared the worst of the hurricane, rescue crews were told to begin using judgment when deciding whether to respond to emergency calls, reports the Miami Herald. "When we got there, she was pretty much all the way out ... and the mother of the person in labor was actually pretty much delivering the baby - her own granddaughter - in the bathroom on the floor", Assistant Chief John Whalen with the Coral Springs Fire Department told CNN.

But Pons said the cranes are created to withstand winds up to 145 miles per hour, meaning some could fall if Irma made a direct hit on Miami.

Thankfully, the mom and baby girl made it out safely. Ready or not, the baby was coming. "The woman was doing good, too".

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The city has also coordinated efforts by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson to move displaced residents from a structure which suffered hurricane damage, has no electricity and houses elderly residents. "It's bigger than Andrew, which was catastrophic for us".

Irma made landfall on Sunday morning over Cudjoe Key at 9:10a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported.

The mayor was right to be anxious. "My options is to stay with family or to rent a hotel, which supposedly Plaza Construction is going to reimburse us for - all the tenants".

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Rescuers rushed the mom and little girl to the hospital. After fleeing from Key West to Miami, the expectant mother started to feel contractions, but there was one problem: no one was able to help her.

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