The nurses come to the rescue of the mother whose house is burning during her induction

DETROIT (WXYZ) – On Sunday, September 11, Divya Martin struggled to bring her sixth child Josiah into the world at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, just seven miles away, her family’s home in Detroit and everything she did to prepare her little one was burning to the ground.

“At about 3am on Sunday morning, my neighbor basically called saying open the door, open the door, your house is on fire,” Divya Martin said. “I had a baby on August 27, everyone burned, just burned. What else do I do? That’s the only thing I can think of is, what am I going to do?”

As these thoughts raced through Martin’s head, the women who were helping with her baby’s birth overheard her conversation over the phone.

“I think that was one of the biggest ideas. How can we help? What can we do?” said Misha Farrington, unit educator in the maternal/baby unit at Henry Ford Hospital.

Farrington and her colleagues say they did what nurses should do. They helped this mother.

Martin recounts: “Everyone was like, ‘Okay, we want to help.’ It was just like, ‘Do you really want to help me?’ Like, ‘Do you want to help me??’

Henry Ford has an annual “baby shower” organized by the National Negro Businessmen and Professional Women’s Club every spring.

At the event, piles of baby supplies are donated to help mothers in need throughout the year.

Henry Ford Hospital says they see about 2,500 births a year and about a third of these families fall into a need-based category where this program can help them.

Because the Martin family’s need was so great, the nurses were able to gift their goods from the program and all came together to donate in person.

“This was a really team effort that the entire labor and delivery team got involved in,” said Dina Hetman, assistant clinical director of childbirth and labor at Henry Ford Hospital.

It’s less stress because I was just thinking like ‘I need to hurry up and recover so I can get back to work and have everything for my kids,’ Martin said. “So to get help? It really is a blessing, believe me.”

Martin’s family still doesn’t know what caused their house fire.

While Daveia, her husband and their six children are now looking for a place to stay, they tell 7 Action News that they will be given a hotel room every night.

Her sister-in-law created this Go-Fund-Me that you can donate if you’d like to help the family get back on their feet again.

Martin says they know it will be a battle to recover from this, but the nurses at Henry Ford have shown them that when times reach the most difficult times, society stands behind them.

“They’re really heroes, seriously,” Martin said.

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