A hurricane birth story? Meet the moms and babies affected by Harvey

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As Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Gulf Coast this weekend — killing at the very least eight folks and forcing greater than 30,000 from their houses — moms-to-be with looming due dates had been nonetheless confronted with making ready to welcome a child into the world.

Danielle Weeks, who’s scheduled to have a medically-necessary c-section on Tuesday, rode out the storm from a lodge in Corpus Christi, Texas. She ended up stranded there along with her husband and two younger youngsters after evacuating their residence in Port Aransas final week. Sadly, the household has since realized their home was destroyed by the hurricane. Even now, they’re ready to see if the c-section might be pushed again due to the storm.

One other lady from from Corpus Christi went into labor on Friday earlier than Harvey hit — and ended up giving birth as the hurricane made landfall. Irma Rodriguez delivered her 7-pound, 18-1/Four-inch child boy with back-up turbines powering the hospital. And get this: At the suggestion of a nurse, Rodriguez determined to call her latest addition — you guessed it — Harvey. (Associated: Did you examine the child named Eclipse?)

newborn at hospital

‘‘It was thrilling delivering my child throughout the hurricane,’’ Rodriguez mentioned in a press release from Corpus Christi Medical Heart-Docs Regional. ‘‘We’re grateful for the care we obtained … and for the good well being of our household.’’

Two different babies had been delivered at close by hospitals as Harvey made landfall, and one other was born at residence with care from emergency medical personnel. Nonetheless, none of those newborns had been named for the hurricane throughout which they had been born.

Though Harvey has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, catastrophic flooding and ongoing rain continues to be pounding Texas and surrounding areas. Households are with out houses and fundamental requirements. Even should you don’t reside close to the devastation, there are various methods you may assist. The Texas Diaper Financial institution, for instance, is placing collectively kits for households with very younger youngsters. Driscoll Youngsters’s Hospital in Corpus Christi is accepting financial donations, as nicely. You may as well click on right here for a listing of meals banks in the space.

Newborn with mom

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