- Associated Press - Sunday, January 24, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A new Philadelphia mother said police helped her get to the delivery room after an ambulance became stuck during the near-record snowfall in the city.

Brittany Gillette, 21, told The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1lIc2g4 ) that her water broke at 5 a.m. Saturday and she feared she might not make it to a hospital.

She said she awoke her fiancé and her father, who tried for an hour to shovel a path for the car. The family then called an ambulance, which got as far as the street corner and got stuck.

“I was at the top of block and they told to walk to bottom because they couldn’t make it through with all the snow,” Gillette said. “By the time I got there, they got stuck in the snow, so we called the police and waited.”

Minutes later, police picked up Gillette, her mother and fiancĂ© Robert Robinson and took them to the nearest delivery room at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she arrived at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and 13 hours later gave birth to Ka’lei Xaria Robinson, 7 pounds, 2 ounces.

“Ka’lei did it quickly because she knew what her mom had to do,” Robinson said. “Being new parents, I expected Brittany’s experience to be much more difficult and painful. I expected my experience much more panicky.”

Day-shift charge nurse Lacey Conaway said 19 babies were delivered at the hospital during the storm, a “surge” compared to a normal delivery day.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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