Morris family welcome storm baby
While most people were huddled in their homes waiting out Hurricane Humberto, Collice and Paul Morris hardly noticed the escalating winds.
During one of the most inhospitable nights of the year, Mrs Morris gave birth to an 8lbs 4oz baby girl, Maya Collice Julia-Lynn Morris, at 7.10pm.
Maya, was the only baby in Bermuda born during Hurricane Humberto.
“My friends are teasing me, asking if we are going to name her Humbertina,” Mr Morris laughed. “Of course not, but we do plan to nickname her ‘Storm’.”
The couple said they gave no thought to Humberto during the 12-hour labour and were completely focused on their baby. “There’s nothing that really compares with that moment and the joyfulness of it,” Mrs Morris said.
The couple had kept the gender of the baby a surprise. Mr Morris said: “Although I thought it was a boy, all I ever wanted was to have a healthy baby, so I was not just surprised, I was also very happy, when our daughter arrived.”
The couple thanked the maternity ward staff and physicians for their assistance during the birth. “As first-time parents they made us very comfortable and exhibited professionalism in both the way they spoke and treated us,” Mr Morris said.
“Even through our concerns they listened, advised and met our needs.
“Collice and I are truly grateful to them. They played an integral role in us having a healthy baby.”
She admitted that the birth also provided her a great sense of relief as she was worried that she would be giving birth on her birthday, September 20.
As a precautionary measure, eight expectant mothers, all in their ninth month, stayed in the maternity unit during the hurricane.
None went into labour and all returned home when the storm was over.
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