Good news stories have been in high demand amid all the tales of hardship from Houston’s unprecedented flooding. by Narjas Zatat
One story has been getting widely shared which, though it isn’t actually from this year, serves to remind people that Texas has been through this before and survived – and that you should never underestimate a midwife.
Back in April 2016, the state was hit by a storm system coming not from the gulf coast but from the Colorado mountains, dumping more rain on Houston and Galveston in a day than could run over Niagara falls in 88 hours.
In the flooding that followed, a midwife was widely praised for doing everything she could to get to her client and deliver her baby, eventually seeking alternative transportation in the form of a giant inflatable swan.
Cathy Rude, who had been a midwife for 24 years, was caught up in the waist-high waters in the city of Katy just west of Houston.
Rude told Today Parents afterwards that she learned her patient, Andrea Haley, had been having contractions and was approaching active labour.
However, a look outside her window confirmed that there was no way she could traverse the deep waters and keep her birthing supplies undamaged.
I was concerned, as she was, that if her water were to break, things would happen very quickly. So, we started asking how I was going to get out of the house if that happened.
Ms Haley, whose labour pains developed further, got her mother and husband Daniel to drive her to the midwife’s street in an attempt to pick her up. The entire place, they found, was flooded.
But the pregnant woman soon noticed a big, inflatable swan with a woman on it, floating down the street.
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