Mother delivers own baby at home during blizzard

Jan. 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- An Indianapolis woman said she delivered her baby by herself when the infant came early and snowy conditions slowed the arrival of midwives.

Mariah Grove said she had been planning a home birth for baby Evangeline Beatrix Grove, but she was not expecting to go into labor late Sunday as her due date wasn't until later in the month, WRTV, Indianapolis, reported Tuesday.

"Her due date was not until the 21st. She wanted to see this blizzard. She didn't want to miss out," Grove said.

Grove said she called her midwives and her mother, but no one was able to make it through the snow and reach her in time for the Monday morning birth.

"The second she came out, she was crying. She was pink. She's already nursed several times. I had no tearing. I couldn't have asked for a better outcome," Grove said.

"Once the water broke and I realized this was it, all fear went away. I realized it wasn't going to help me and that we would be a team and do this together. And we did it," Grove said.

Grove said baby Evangeline, known as Evie, was born at 20 inches long and weighed 7.5 pounds. The mother said she and the infant are both doing well.

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