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Evacuee gives birth in South Georgia

September 10, 2004

Valdosta - She's only one day old, but little Shyla Dawn Grubb has already earned her nicknames. "They're calling her Storm and probably Frances and Peaches," said Shandi Grubb.

And she'll grow up hearing the interesting tale of her birth. "I held the plug as long as I could!" said Grubb.

Hurricane Frances forced Shandi Grubb and her family out of their home in Florida and into Valdosta. "We drove until we just couldn't drive anymore," said Susan Caldarera, Grandmother.

Already a week overdue, Shandi knew the plans of having her baby in their hometown of Pembrook Pines probably wouldn't happen. "We tried to go home the day before I went into labor," said Shandi. But after just an hour on the road, they turned back around because of Hurricane Ivan. "Its too close to leave now," said Shandi.

Around 1:00 yesterday morning, baby Shyla couldn't wait any longer. She gave birth at Smith Northview Hospital. "Even though I'd been through it before, it was kind of scary," said Shandi. But Midwife Cheryl Kitchel helped ease those fears. "Shandi did great, she pushed her right out," said Kitchel.

As for when the Grubb's will head back, they'll be here for at least another week. "She came in like a lion, but hopefully we'll be able to leave like a lamb," said Caldarera.

And they'll leave with lots of memories and an extra special delivery.

posted at 3:40 P.M. by ashley.harper@walb.com