Hero Midwife Uses Swan Float to Navigate Houston Floodwaters So She Can Deliver a Baby

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Not at Coachella.
Not at Coachella. Photo: Cathy Allen Rude/Facebook

In the wake of extensive flooding in Houston, one midwife had to get creative when traveling to an expectant mother: she floated her way there on an inflatable swan.

Faced with a flooded street, midwife Cathy Allen Rude managed to arrange a ride on her neighbor’s swan float, which she and her equipment rode to a truck waiting to drive them the remaining few miles to the Katy Birth Center. Later that day, Rude helped the mother deliver a healthy baby boy.

A slightly more heroic use of the swan float than for a “swan goals” Instagram.