This isn’t your ordinary birth story!

By Meghan Overdeep
October 22, 2019
Kasie McElhaney/The Bump Birthing Center

A week after her scheduled due date, baby Sekani finally arrived by candlelight over the weekend.

Sounds peaceful, right? Not exactly.

Kasie McElhaney, the owner and lead midwife at The Bump Birthing Center in Rowlett, Texas, told CNN that it was a beautiful day when Sekani's mom first arrived at the center on Sunday night.

“Nothing to worry about," she recalled. "Then around 10 p.m., or a little before, it was time for her to start pushing and our phones all started going off saying there is a tornado near us."

It wasn’t long before the power went out and the tornado sirens blared. That’s when the staff moved quickly to transform the safest place in the Center into a birthing room.

"We quickly took [the mom] into the laundry room, where we went on to deliver her baby by candlelight," McElhaney told CNN.

“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!” the center wrote on Facebook. “Welcome to the world beauty!”

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The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-3, with winds up to 140 mph. The storm carved a 17-mile path of destruction through North Texas, causing damage to countless homes and buildings, and leaving 100,000 residents without power.

Hardly the backdrop for an ordinary birth story! Fortunately, the birthing center had no damage and the electricity came on right after the new family was discharged. Both mom and 8lb 8 oz Sekani are healthy and doing well.

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