Born in a blizzard: Anderson woman recalls birth of daughter 40 years ago during the blizzard of '78

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jan 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-26 20:13:55-05

ANDERSON, Ind.-- Everyone alive during the blizzard of 1978 has their own unique story to share, but an Anderson woman's story is one for the books. 

Penny Edwards Wallace was nine months pregnant with her third daughter, Janette, when the blizzard began on January 25. With her due date still a few days out, she wasn't too worried, but she says Janette wasn't willing to wait for the snow to stop. 

Penny went into labor early January 26, 1978. 

"I immediately called my doctor and said 'I'm in labor,'" said Penny. "He said 'well, I can't get out.'"

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They called 911 and the dispatchers told her husband to make a path through the snow in the driveway, but the conditions were so bad they weren't sure if help would be able to get there.




"He came back in the house and they put him on the phone and said 'we'll talk you through this' and he said 'I'm not flying a plane. I don't have any idea what to do,'" Penny remembered. 

Three firemen eventually made it to her home with the help of a dump truck that plowed a path through the snow. 

PHOTOS | Click for more photos of the Blizzard of 1978

Janette was born breech, but with the help of those firefighters, Penny says they were able to safely deliver her and take them both to the hospital. 

Janette is now a nurse and loves hearing her mother share the story of her birth and is amazed at how everything worked out. 




"Knowing how I was born is amazing that I survived," said Janette. "And that she didn't have more complications from the delivery."

As for snow storms, Penny and Janette say they don't worry about them at all. 

"If I can go through all of that, I've got it now," said Penny. 

You can hear them tell their story in the video player above. 

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