Woman delivers baby alone in Hurricane Irma
A MOTHER has delivered her own baby in Miami after extreme winds kept paramedics away due to Hurricane Irma, reports news.com.au.
Although Miami has been spared the worst of the hurricane, rescue crews were told to begin using judgment when deciding whether to respond to emergency calls, reports the Miami Herald.
Paramedics were unable to get to a pregnant woman in Little Haiti and a dispatcher had to talk the woman through delivering the baby at home, according to Assistant Fire Chief Eloy Garcia.
Mum and baby girl were later taken to the hospital by emergency workers, reports the paper.
"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," Mr Garcia said. "We made contact with the assistant medical director here. Talked things through."
Miami's emergency management director, Pete Gomez, said conditions remain dangerous and replacement crews will not be coming in until the weather improves.
"We've got to follow our protocol," he said.
In the days before Irma hit a Florida mum gave birth to her baby just before the monster storm hit.
This mum was able to seek assistance of and Miami-Dade Police Department shared a photo of "baby Nayiri Storm"
Police worked to transport mum and baby from a local hospital to a hotel.
"Welcome to the world baby Nayiri Storm!" the department captioned the shot. "Glad our officers were able to assist the family safely from hospital to hotel. #PerfectName."
There is an unproven belief that storms can increase the number of babies born.
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas just a few weeks ago, births spiked in Houston.
According to Memorial Hermann Health Systems, five of the non-profit hospitals with delivery units reported an increase in births during the storm. In three of those five, the number of births doubled, reports Romper.
One expert, Dr Shannon Clark, an associate professor in the division of maternal fetal medicine at University of Texas said that the reason for the increased births is inconclusive, though it could have something to do with the low barometric pressure that comes with a hurricane.
Studies done between 1985 and 2007 found that pregnant women were likely to go into labor with the drop in barometric pressure.
Clark told Romper "There's some studies that show an association and some that don't. It's kind of mixed. It's still worth it to forewarn pregnant women in areas that are going to get hit that there could be a potential complication."
At least 25 people have died from the storm so far throughout the Caribbean, while there are three reported deaths on the US mainland.
As winds push a wall of water up to 4.5 metres high across cities and towns Florida Governor Rick Scott pleaded: "Pray for us."