New Orleans woman prepares to give birth in Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A New Orleans woman is more than 9-months pregnant and staying at a Memphis Shelter, ready to give birth at any moment.

Carla Cordova has been living in New Orleans ever since she migrated there from Honduras. Her plan was to have her baby in the Big Easy, but it looks like hurricane Gustav has changed all that.
Cordova is due September 5, and through an interpreter she said her baby is already kicking up a storm.

Cordova and other family members have been staying at the Memphis Catholic Shelter since they arrived last weekend.

According to a relative, Cordova wanted to stay behind and give birth in New Orleans. They said convincing her to evacuate was not an easy task.

The baby will be Cordova's first. Red Cross workers are keeping a close eye on the expectant mom.

"She's ready right now. She's ready. We're having her examined in about 30 minutes, and I'm going to know in a few minutes the baby has turned and she's ready," Lee Streater with the Red Cross said.

Doctors say Cordova is having a boy.She plans to name him Edward.

Red Cross workers said with a new baby come new expenses.  Right now volunteers are working to help the new mother get diapers, clothing, a car seat, milk, and other necessities.

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