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      Woman airlifted to give birth during winter storm

      It's not every first-time mother's Christmas wish to have her labor be any more of a pain than it has to be, unfortunately for Brittany Wieduwilt, things didn't go as planned.

      "We went to Nebraska to visit family for Christmas, and then we decide to head home and I started having contractions in New Mexico," Brittany said.

      Bad contractions plus bad weather, things got interesting as Wieduwilt went into labor Saturday at 7 a.m.

      Wieduwilt and her husband Ben stopped at a hospital in Tucumcari, but the local hospital didn't have facilities to deliver a baby. So as the storm hit the Panhandle, Wieduwilt had to be airlifted to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.

      Registered Nurse Alissa Heider said, "They had to call emergency personnel for her and they actually flew here from Tucumcari by the fixed wing plane."

      Wieduwilt's husband had no choice but to drive from Tucumcari, and made it just in time before TxDOT shut down parts of Interstate 40.

      "It was nuts, we couldn't even drive fast because of the weather, and so I was having contractions and there was turbulence in the plane, and it was just awful," Wieduwilt said.

      But according to Wieduwilt, it was all worth it once baby Preslee arrived a few hours later.

      "Yeah, she's beautiful," she said.

      The family plans to stay in Amarillo for a few days before heading home to California.