The home delivery

Hyattsville couple welcome their 'blizzard baby'

After two recent snowstorms closed the federal government and schools across the region, people began digging out. The season's snow tally in D.C. reached 55.6 inches Wednesday -- more than the last record of 54.4 inches, set in 1898-99.
Thursday, February 11, 2010

On Tuesday, Jolene Bowman joked that "now would be a really bad time to go into labor."

By noon Wednesday, she and her husband, Matt, were welcoming 6-pound 6-ounce Regina, quickly dubbed by her dad as their "blizzard baby."

The Hyattsville couple had prepared for a home birth. But they were counting on a due date about three weeks away when the squalls and the labor pains hit.

"I thought 'This can't be happening,' " said Jolene Bowman, 32. A midwife and a birthing assistant drove to their home, one from nearly an hour away, said Matt Bowman, 34.

"My wife is a very strong woman," he said, and is "very calm and knowledgeable."

Regina has a brother, Gregory, 7, and sister, Gloria, 2, who each arrived in the autumn.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

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