'That's our blessing': Louisiana family welcomes twins just days before Hurricane Ida

The mother and newborn twins rode out the Category 4 storm in the hospital.


A Louisiana couple welcomed twin daughters into the world just days before Hurricane Ida made landfall.

Jamie and Kayleigh Barnewold were born on Aug. 26.

Their grandmother, Cindy Brasher, told sister station WDSU that the next few days after the birth were scary as the family evacuated, leaving the newborns and their mother to ride out the storm at Ochsner Baptist in New Orleans.

"She's crying. She's with the babies in the NICU," Brasher said. "Then I've got (her) 1-year-old."

Brasher has since returned to St. Charles Parish. Her daughter has been released from the hospital, but the twins have not.

"Hopefully, they’ll come home soon," Brasher said.

As the family waits, they are also dealing with prolonged power outages following the storm. Tens of thousands of people in St. Charles Parish are still without power, at last check.

Local leaders said Monday that 1,400 linemen are working to get the lights back on.

Brasher said that while she is ready for power to be restored, she is most excited to meet her granddaughters in person.

"I'm (going to) hold those babies all day, all night," Brasher said. "That's our blessing."

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