Kendall learned she was pregnant in June 2020, after getting off her birth control earlier that year. She had a textbook pregnancy during COVID-19. Kendall and her husband live in Austin, TX and the plan was to give birth at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.

However, in the days before she gave birth is when a historic winter storm hit Texas. This is a storm that made national news and caused many to lose power and water in February 2021. Due to the water outages, her planned hospital lost heat and water the day before she gave birth (February 17th) and was moving patients to other hospitals nearby. She hoped that her baby would wait until this disaster was over, but no luck.

Her water broke at 4 AM on February 18th and after speaking over the phone with her OB/GYN, decided to go to a nearby hospital in Kyle, TX. Armed with emergency supplies such as water, food, lanterns, blankets, and more, Kendall and her husband checked into the hospital at 5:30 AM and had an epidural placed around 7 AM. She rested at the hospital and at 12:20 PM, she was fully dilated and began practice pushes with the nurse. She only pushed two times before the nurse saw her baby’s head! He was out on the third push. Kendall gave birth at 12:37 PM to her baby boy, Otto. 

Kendall had a smooth postpartum experience and feels very fortunate that she was able to have that bonding time with her baby during her maternity leave.

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Kendall Holekamp Bio

Kendall is 29 years old and lives with her husband Andrew, her son Otto(10 months), and their 2 dogs Pancho and Rocca in Austin, TX. She works remotely for a tech company in Austin and is loving being a first time mama to her son.

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