A North Carolina couple welcomed the birth of their baby girl at home Friday in the midst of a snowstorm that pummeled the East Coast.
Annabelle Jade was born Friday on the couch at her grandmother’s home in Cornelius, North Carolina. She arrived soon after emergency responders reached the house, according to WSOC TV News. She weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces and was 19 inches long, according to Fox 46 News in Charlotte.
“She’s perfect. Her vitals were perfect. Everything was awesome,” her mother, Amanda Anderson said.
Anderson said she initially went to Lincolntown Hospital on Thursday night when she began experiencing labor pains; but the hospital staff sent her home, saying it wasn’t time yet.
She said she and her fiance, Joseph Sutton, went home, but they were concerned about getting back to the hospital once the storm hit.
“I was worried if we were driving there, we weren’t going to make it (because) I wanted to go to Lincolnton where my doctors were,” Anderson said.
The storm hit, and Anderson’s labor pains got worse. Early Friday morning, Amanda’s mother called 911, according to the report.
Anderson said her contractions were “just horrible,” and Sutton said he almost passed out from the intensity of the situation.
“I was just bewildered,” the new father said. “I couldn’t believe the baby came out so fast. I looked back. The baby’s head was out. She pushed twice, and the baby was out.”
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“It was crazy,” Anderson said. “I’m thankful it’s over. I’m thankful she’s here and she’s healthy.”
The family thanked the team of emergency responders for traveling through the storm to help their baby girl enter the world.
“I couldn’t have done it,” Anderson said. “There’s no way I would have been able to make it in a car. Very grateful they got there as fast as they did.”