Florida hospitals stuff pregnant women in hallways ahead of Irma – New York Post

Pregnant women across Florida are hunkering down in hospitals just in case they go into labor while Hurricane Irma strikes the Sunshine State.

About 130 moms-to-be are expected to stay the weekend at three Broward County hospitals in the Memorial Healthcare System, officials said.

Women who are at least 34 weeks along or having a high-risk pregnancy are being urged to take shelter at medical facilities.

Women in labor, and their partners, can’t be expected to rush to the hospital if the middle of a historic storm, said Dr. Eric Freling, an obstetrician and medical director at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines.

It’ll be no comfortable task for these pregnant women, because almost all them won’t get a hospital room – space needed for sick patients already checked in and those who’ll inevitably need treatment for storm-related injuries.

So the moms-to-be will be stashed in hallways, conference rooms and any extra space inside Florida hospitals, officials said.

“We ask them to bring their own bedding – lawn chairs, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows. We emphasize we’re not going to be able to bed them,” Freling said. “We need to take care of patients who are acutely ill and those who will present themselves (during the hurricane).”

Jennifer Connelly, 33, isn’t due to until Oct. 18 but doctors ordered her to take shelter on account of her thyroid issues and the baby’s low weight.

She’s packed an air mattress, blankets, pillows and plenty of snacks for her – hopefully – uneventful and baby-less weekend inside the auditorium of Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

“Just in case, we packed baby clothes – that hopefully we won’t be needing,” Connelly said.

Connelly and her husband don’t know the gender of their baby. But if their bundle of joy is a girl and enters the world during this storm, Connelly promised: “We will not name her Irma.”

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