Acton Baby Born at Emerson Hospital During Blizzard Weekend
When Brycen Blaine of Acton heard the blizzard warnings last week, he joked with his wife, Linnea, that their baby could be born in dramatic fashion during the storm. With a due date of Feb. 20, however, neither seriously considered the possibility – until Linnea began having contractions on Friday, Feb. 8.
Brycen and Linnea arrived at Emerson Hospital’s Clough Birthing Center around 8:30 p.m. that evening, braving both hazardous driving conditions and the governor’s emergency driving ban.
“I figured I would just explain the situation if we got pulled over,” Linnea said. “It was stressful because the roads were really bad, but I was more stressed over making sure I didn’t have my baby at home.”
When her labor didn’t progress overnight, however, the couple returned home at 5:30 a.m., only to find their driveway blocked by drifts adding to the two feet of snow that had accumulated. While Linnea maneuvered her way inside, Brycen shoveled until he was assisted by a neighbor with a snow blower in case a second trip became necessary.
Brycen’s mother, who had stayed overnight with 5-year-old Sophie and 2-year-old Averie, then began her drive home to New Hampshire. When Linnea’s water broke at 5:30 p.m., the entire family set out again for Emerson.
Thinking she had several hours of labor ahead, as had happened with her previous deliveries, Linnea asked to be dropped off so Brycen could return home to make dinner for the girls. He was summoned back an hour later, with their neighbor watching the girls until their grandmother could return. Landon James, was born on Feb. 9 at 7:50 p.m. weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces. He was 20½ inches long.
Linnea and Brycen, whose daughters were born in Minneapolis, both praised Emerson and its staff for expert, compassionate care. Linnea said the nurses were “very caring” and “super helpful,” and certified nurse-midwife Sherriann Perivolotis, CNM of AFA Obstetrics & Gynecology in Concord “made my delivery the best experience.”
“Everything went so smoothly,” Brycen added. “They managed to make it low-stress in a high-stress situation.”
Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.