At least 7 Hurricane Irma babies born at one hospital in Manatee County

New mom: "It was always intense."
Posted at 5:16 PM, Sep 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-14 17:16:59-04

Stacey Knauer of Bradenton laid eyes on the doctor who safely delivered her baby boy, Noah, during Hurricane Irma for the first time since the intense day. 

"It was very scary," she said. 

Knauer went to the hospital for a blood pressure check on Sunday, only to be told her baby was coming that very day. 

"My blood pressure was raised again and they decided it's time to get him out," she said. 

Manatee Memorial Hospital had evacuated their delivery operations, which was where Knauer was supposed to give birth. So, she had to deliver at Lakewood Ranch Hospital about 15 miles away. 

"Nobody knows my birth plan. Nobody knows anything about me," she feared at the time. "Right when the eye of the hurricane came, we had to move into a more secure, smaller room. You could every once in a while see the lights flicker." 

"When I was walking to her room, I saw this tree go over with the wind," Dr. Francisco Battaglia said. 

Manatee Memorial staff and Knauer's own doctor, Dr. Battaglia, ended up delivering baby Noah. They had been evacuated with the rest of the delivery staff from Manatee Memorial Hospital. 

"In my head, I was picturing like a movie, like I'm delivering a baby," Dr. Battaglia said. 

"The best moment was hearing him cry and knowing he was here and safe," Knaur said. 

Knauer and her finance are now home with newborn baby Noah. They consider themselves lucky that they have power and only minor damage to their home.