A Miami woman delivered her own baby in Little Haiti on Sunday with the help of a dispatcher who walked her through the process over the phone as emergency workers were unable to reach her during Hurricane Irma, The Daily Caller reports.
“We weren’t able to respond. So she delivered the placenta, also. Dispatch told her how to tie it off. She’s stable at home,” according to Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia. “We made contact with the assistant medical director here. Talked things through.”
The City of Miami later tweeted that the mother and her baby girl were later taken to a hospital. “This morning @CityofMiamiFire crew was able to transport baby and mom to Jackson Hospital,” they wrote.
The woman, who lives in the Little Haiti neighborhood, was in her home when she went into labor, the city said.
She called 911 for assistance, but the hurricane-force winds from Irma prevented paramedics to reach her on time. Doctors at Jackson Health System talked her through the birth.
Conditions continue to remain dangerous, so replacement crews wouldn’t be able to physically respond until the weather improves, according to Pete Gomez, Miami’s emergency management director.