Have you ever considered riding an inflatable swan to work because of flooding? Yeah, probably not. However, one extremely dedicated (and badass!) midwife actually did just that during massive flooding in Houston. Cathy Allen Rude, owner of the Katy Birth Center in Texas, took the ride of her life in order to help a woman give birth.
She posted a picture of herself on Facebook with the caption, “Midwives will do anything to get to a birth!”:
The rest of the post read:
“Riding a swan to get off my flooded street and make it to the birth center! Thanks, Celeste! You gave me a great ride!”
She later explained, according to The Telegraph:
“I was home during the flooding and our street became impassable due to high water. I had an overdue client and was concerned about being able to get out to her and to the birth centre when she went into labour.
My client had a friend in my neighborhood with a kayak and we were going to try that but she was unable to reach them so came to the end of my street and saw my neighbor Celeste floating on her inflatable swan and yelled out to her, ‘how about giving a midwife a ride on your swan to come deliver my baby?’ She knew me and quickly agreed.
She pushed her swan to my front door and I climbed in with all the birthing equipment I needed and floated me down to the waiting pickup truck and off to the birth centre we went. We had a lovely baby boy later that evening. A water birth during a flood!”
Not surprisingly, many people commented on the picture in avid support:
“BEST! What a great birth story! ‘My midwife rode a swan to get to my birth….oh, your’s drove in car? lame.’ ;P”
“That’s one way of getting it done! Go Cathy!”
Meanwhile, the storm was no laughing matter. Apparently, AP reported that five people were found dead, and some areas in Houston had more than a foot of rain–many residents were being rescued by boats out of their flooded homes. Stay safe out there.