Who Wants to Give Birth in a Hurricane? No One, but She Did

Cape Coral resident Amanda Mahr's baby is named George, not Ian
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2022 2:54 PM CDT
Who Wants to Give Birth in a Hurricane? No One, but She Did
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Amid the nightmarish news out of Florida in the wake of Ian, a bright spot comes via a 10-pound, 6-ounce package delivered in Cape Coral. The New York Times reports on the plight of 36-year-old Amanda Mahr, and her husband, Matthew, 37, as they hunkered down to ride out the hurricane barreling toward their ground-floor apartment on Tuesday, with a very pregnant Amanda four days past her due date. Then a phone call came: It was Amanda's doctor, telling them to pack up and get to the hospital for an emergency C-section, as earlier ultrasound results showed the baby couldn't wait any longer to be delivered.

And so the couple nervously ventured out, reluctantly leaving their cat behind, and headed to the medical center, where their little guy—the aforementioned 10-pound, 6-ounce package—was delivered the next morning, a robust newborn with a full head of dark hair. Then came the anxious wait through the hurricane, and the trip home the following day, where, as luck would have it, their apartment escaped major damage and their cat was safe. As for the baby's name? No, it won't be Ian, as either a first or middle moniker. Instead, the Mahrs are going with George Bentley, both family names. (Read the full story.)

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