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After Evacuating from Hurricane Ida, Louisiana Woman Delivers Baby at AdventHealth Winter Park

 

William Friedmann

William Friedmann was born on Sept. 4, 2021, at The Baby Place at AdventHealth Winter Park, when the aftermath of Hurricane Ida caused his family to change hospital birthing plans. Photo provided by AdventHealth

Preparing for a new baby is stressful. So is planning for the approach of a dangerous storm. Lindsay Friedmann recently had to do both — at the same time.

Friedmann, who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, was 39 weeks pregnant as Hurricane Ida churned toward the Gulf Coast. She and her husband Josh elected to ride out the storm at home so she could deliver at the same hospital where she’d given birth to their first two children.

They made it safely through the storm, but their plans quickly changed in the aftermath.

“The power company declared a catastrophic failure, and that’s when we knew we were out of here,” Friedmann said. “The house was fine, so we did a little bit of cleanup, and then we cleared out.”

Fortunately for the Friedmanns, one of their closest friends in New Orleans is Carly Plotkin, whose parents live in Winter Park, Florida. And Carly’s father is Jay Plotkin, M.D., a longtime OB/GYN at AdventHealth Winter Park. Plotkin set Lindsay up with a local OB/GYN and pediatrician, and got her registered at the hospital just in case she went into labor.

The Friedmanns, their two daughters, 5-year-old CJ and 1-year-old Millie, and their three dogs got into town on Aug. 31, 2021. Four days later, Lindsay delivered at The Baby Place at AdventHealth Winter Park. William Friedmann was born at 4:46 a.m. Sept. 4, weighing 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and measuring 20.5 inches.

 

The Friedmann family poses for a family photo soon after their youngest is born at The Baby Place at AdventHealth Winter Park, Florida.

The Friedmann family poses for a family photo soon after their youngest is born at The Baby Place at AdventHealth Winter Park, Florida. Photo provided by AdventHealth

“There was such a sense of relief that we were going to be taken care of, and there’s an eternal sense of gratitude,” Friedmann said. “Everyone was really wonderful, so friendly and supportive.”

The Winter Park team was quick to step in and assist the family.

"We treat everyone like family here at AdventHealth Winter Park, and that's exactly what Dr. Plotkin and our team did when they provided a safe space for this family during a time of chaos and uncertainty," said AdventHealth Winter Park CEO Justin Birmele. “I’m so glad we were able to come together and help this family in their time of need.”