Childbirth

Woman Gives Birth By Candle Light During Tornado

As we have found over the years, babies will come at the least convenient time.  Planes, trains, automobiles, snowstorms and just about anywhere else.  They arrive when they are ready.  This is exactly what happened on Sunday as the power at a Dallas birthing center was taken out by a tornado in the area.

One week after her due date the baby girl made her entrance into this world at the Bump Birthing Center.

New parents Mech and Derrick welcomed baby Sekani with the help of the team at the birthing center despite mother nature’s interference. 

Woman Gives Birth By Candle Light During Tornado

“When it was about time to start pushing, all of our phones started going off with alerts that there was a tornado,” Kasie McElhaney, the couple’s midwife told KTVT-TV.

“We got blankets on the floor. We got supplies set up all over the room, and then candles everywhere. Once it was all done we just asked her to stand up and (told her), ‘You have come in the laundry room there’s a tornado,'” she said.

“The next thing Mech was on the floor,” Derrick said.

Thankfully the baby arrived without any complications and safely. 

“I was just so focused on the pain from the contractions,” the mom to be said.

“As soon as the baby came out, she was like laughing and (said), ‘I can’t believe I did it,'” Kasie recalled. “I don’t even think it really occurred to her that we were in the laundry room.”

It wasn’t until she was brought back on the bed that she fully realized what happened.

“I’m just so grateful,” Mech said.

The center posted about her birth on their Facebook page, saying: “Baby girl born in our laundry room with the tornado sirens going off, a tornado on the ground half a mile away, and no electricity…..by candlelight!! Welcome to the world beauty! #tornado #crazymidwifelife #laundryroomdelivery #wereallsafe #godisgood @The Bump Birthing Center.”

Baby girl born in our laundry room with the tornado sirens going off, a tornado on the ground half a mile away, and no…

Posted by The Bump Birthing Center on Sunday, October 20, 2019

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Lisa Arneill

SAHM of 2 boys and founder of GrowingYourBaby.com and World Traveled Family. When I'm not running around after my boys, I'm looking for our next vacation spot!

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