More than 60 million people were under a winter storm since Friday, Jan. 22. The snowstorm stretched from Georgia to Massachusetts. Schools, churches, and other businesses were closed and people were encouraged to stay home. No matter how severe Snowstorm Jonas was, it could not prevent babies from being born, according to ABC News on Sunday, Jan. 24.
Even though expectant mothers probably had made plans for the arrival of their babies, those plans did not apply when massive blizzard struck the East Coast. Therefore, some babies were delivered under unusual circumstances during the record-breaking snowstorm. In Maryland, a woman had to be taken to a hospital in a fire engine. In Philadelphia, a woman hitched a ride in a police car.
Paramedics were called to the Germantown, Maryland woman’s home early Saturday morning because the woman wasn’t able to get to the hospital on her own. The medics loaded the woman onto an ambulance, but it broke a snow chain and got stuck. The woman was taken to Holy Cross Germantown Hospital on a fire truck where she gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Saturday at 11:18 a.m.
Stafford County, Virginia emergency officials received a 911 call Saturday afternoon in the peak of the storm. The midwife was not able to get to the house because of the storm. The 911 operator talked the father through the delivery of a healthy baby boy.
A woman in Cornelius, North Carolina went to two hospitals on Thursday ahead of the storm, but she was told by doctors and nurses that she wasn’t ready to give birth. Amanda Anderson was sent home, but on Friday morning she gave birth to a baby girl after paramedics arrived.
In Philadelphia, Brittany Gilliette’s water broke around 5 a.m. on Saturday. Her fiancé and her father tried for an hour to shovel a path for the car. Then they called an ambulance, which got stuck before it could get the 21-year-old woman to the hospital. Then the police were called and picked up Brittany, her mother and fiancé to the nearest delivery room at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she arrived at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and 13 hours later gave birth to Ka’lei Xaria Robinson who weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces.
Eyewitness News7 reported that a baby girl was born at a home in Hoboken, New Jersey during the blizzard on Saturday afternoon. The road conditions did not allow for the mother to make it to the hospital, and the baby was born shortly after 5 p.m. Three emergency workers from the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps helped to deliver the baby 20 minutes after the woman went into labor. Mother and baby were later taken to Hoboken University Medical Center and are both doing just fine.
According to WBDJ, Lindsey Dobson from Roanoke, Virginia never made it to the hospital. The baby started to come on the way, and Clearbrook firefighters and medics arrived to help deliver little Lukas on their kitchen floor.
Mariah Bryant, 23, of Sciota in Monroe County, gave birth at 8:26 a.m. Sunday in a car on Route 22, according to Lehigh Valley News. A record of 31.9 inches had covered the area by Sunday morning when Brantley Jory Mackaravitz was born weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 17.5 inches. An ambulance took the new mother and baby to the Lehigh Valley Hospital where they are doing fine.