Mom Was Forced To Give Birth To Breech Baby At Home After Doctor Couldn’t Travel During Blizzard

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Over the course of three days, the blizzard of 1978 dumped many inches of snow on the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions of the United States, paralyzing roads and halting any activities that involved going outside. Families were stuck inside their houses, and they waited anxiously for the snowfall to stop.

But perhaps no one waited more impatiently than Penny Edwards Wallace, who was nine months pregnant when the snowstorm hit.

She remembers coming home from her bowling league the night the snow started falling. Her third daughter, whom she would name Janette, was only supposed to come in a few days. Penny thought there was time.

But by the next morning, the mom-to-be realized that Janette wasn’t going to wait any longer: she was going into labor.

Penny told WRTV that she called her doctor, who said that he couldn’t travel in the snow. Her best hope was to call 911.

Firefighters arrived, but not before running into some trouble getting into the house. They helped deliver Janette, a breech baby, and loaded her and her mom onto a gurney to transport them to the hospital. According to Penny, they even had to lift the gurney above their heads to get them to safety!

Now, 40 years later, Janette is a mom and a nurse, and she understands why people have been calling her “blizzard baby” her whole life!

Please SHARE if you remember this headline-making snowstorm from 1978!

Photos: Wikimedia / urbanlegend; WRTV Indianapolis

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