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February 6, 2014

Snow storm can’t hold back new baby

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — A winter storm brought way more than snow earlier this week as a young Elmore City woman, expecting her first child, went through a fast and most unexpected journey as her new baby made Pauls Valley the place for her arrival.For the pregnant Savannah Schwartz it was a blur as she began feeling pains and was soon in need of help in the early morning hours this past Sunday.

At the very same time a storm had already hit and snow was starting to pile up outside making the roads a bit tricky, especially when it comes to driving to a hospital for a woman about to give birth to a baby.

All of that led to Savannah finding herself at Pauls Valley General Hospital as literally only minutes later her brand new baby daughter came into the world.

“It just went too fast,” Savannah said Tuesday when asked about the whole thing.

“That is my thought right now,” she said while holding her brand new baby daughter named Jayden Elaine Schwartz.

The night before all the fireworks were to go off Savannah was staying with her cousin, Lynette Allison, in Wynnewood.

Plans were in the works for a baby shower and the birth to come later at a hospital in Norman, where Savannah’s primary physician is located.

Then came the unexpected pains and the desperate need to get Savannah to a hospital.

“It snowed making it real bad out there, so I just drove here,” Allison said, referring to the PV hospital.

“I didn’t think we were going to have the baby here,” she said.

“She nearly had the baby in the car. It’s pretty scary.”

It’s all pretty emotional for Savannah’s mom and the new baby’s grandmother, Crystal Denny of Elmore City.

Because of the heavy snow coming down at the time and the lightning quick pace of the events leading to the baby’s birth, Crystal wasn’t able to be there for the arrival of her new granddaughter.

“I wanted to be there,” Crystal said.

“I tried. I just didn’t make it,” she said with a few tears.”

Still, Crystal is quick to tell the world her first grandchild in now here.

She’s also thankful for the local hospital and its staff.

“We’re all for opening up the OB (obstetrics) because they don’t have one here,” Crystal said.

Instead the new arrival came in a section of the hospital’s emergency room.

Dr. Tammy Jarvis didn’t deliver the baby but said the birth came around a half hour after Savannah arrived at the hospital here.

“When she got here she was to ready to deliver,” Jarvis said.

Jarvis says it’s not so common to see this sort of thing, especially since the local hospital dropped obstetrics, better known as labor and delivery services, last spring.

“This was unusual,” she said. “We’ve only had probably three drop-ins since we quit offering delivery.”

The hospital’s chief executive officer says this delivery is among the many examples of why a hospital is needed in Pauls Valley.

“That lady had a need, and we were able to take care of her and her baby,” Jim Clough said.

Because of the slick roads at the time, Clough added the new mom and baby stayed at the hospital here instead of taking an ambulance ride to a facility in Norman.

“It wasn’t safe for her and the baby to ride up there in an ambulance because of the icy roads,” he said. “So they stayed right here.

“As a father of eight I know that kids get here when they decide. This is why we need to be prepared for whatever comes to this hospital’s door.”

There were plenty of other examples just from this past weekend’s storm.

Weather related accidents, namely on Interstate 35, brought a number of people to PV’s hospital in need of some medical attention.

One was a young man from Texas who was not hurt bad but his vehicle was severely damaged during Sunday’s snow storm.

Until he could find another way home the man really had no other place to go but the hospital here.

“We gave him a bed even after he was discharged,” Clough said.

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