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BORN IN THE DARK: Mother delivers baby at home during power outage

Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - The power was out Tuesday but baby Theodore was coming anyways, creating quite the problem for a Fort Wayne couple.

Lydia and Garret Govin were already planning an at-home water birth for their son. They say after a successful first water birth with their daughter, that was their plan this time around too. However, they were faced with some changes after Monday night’s Derecho storm in Fort Wayne.

Baby Theodore was still born inside their home Tuesday, but without electricity.

“I was a little panicky, wasn’t sure what to do. If I was going to have to go to the hospital, or what,” Lydia said. “Then I realized, our midwife does births for Amish woman all the time without power.”

Garret says they made it through the storm safely, but Tuesday morning his wife began having contractions. The power was still out. He says he called their midwife and began preparing for the water birth, but then he realized their water heater is electric. He says, as far as they knew, they weren’t even able to get out of their neighborhood with all the downed trees.

Fort Wayne mother delivers baby at home during Tuesday's power outage
Fort Wayne mother delivers baby at home during Tuesday's power outage(WPTA21)

“They said we had an Amish birth, in an English home,” Garret said. “I started to think, what are we going to do if an ambulance had to come or we had to take her to the hospital. The street lights were out, trees were down, it would take too long.”

Garret says they decided to move Lydia’s delivery to their upstairs bedroom. Luckily, a member of their church was able to run them a generator to borrow. He says he was able to plug in a few lights and a fan for his wife.

By 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, Theodore Alexander was welcomed into the world.

“I turned around and said wow that’s a big baby! Then when I finally picked him up...the labor was worth the reward,” Lydia said.

The baby and Lydia were healthy. However, the generator didn’t last long.

Fort Wayne mother delivers baby at home during Tuesday's power outage
Fort Wayne mother delivers baby at home during Tuesday's power outage(WPTA21)

“We were starting to make plans, like where should we go? It’s too hot for the baby,” Garret said. “But then the power came back on.”

Garret says he decided to make a post on Facebook a week later, sharing their story. He says after seeing the devastation in the city, he felt like baby Teddy was a glimmer of hope for everyone.

The Govins say, they wouldn’t change how they brought their son into the world and they’re thankful for the support from friends and family.

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