Baby girl, definitely not named Yasi

Babies don't care what the weather is like when it's time for them to be born.

Baby Lucia Pruss was born on Thursday in an improvised birthing center at a storm refuge at Redlynch State College in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, during the 170-mile-per-hour rampage of Cyclone Yasi.

Little Lucia enjoyed what a local official called "a very natural birth in the most unnatural of circumstances."

British midwife Carol Weeks, in Cairns with her husband, Andrew, on a vacation to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, assisted at the three-hour labor of mother Akiko Pruss. Christian Pruss is Lucia's father.

Yasi, called a cyclone in Australia, a hurricane in the Western Hemisphere, is one of the strongest storms ever to hit Australia, officials said. Yasi tore across sparsely settled northern Australia, which was recently hit by catastrophic flooding.

The Danish royal twins go home

Frederik, the crown prince of Denmark, and his wife, Crown Princess Mary, brought their newborn twins home from Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen today.

Danish royal twins
Mary, Frederik and the twins


The boy and girl were born on Jan. 8. In the custom of Danish royalty, the babies will receive their names at their christening, which could be as long as three months from now.

“I’ve just been told that they were born on Elvis’s (Presley) birthday,” the prince said at a press conference just after the birth. “Then we’ll call one of them Elvis.”

The birth started spontaneously and lasted about five hours, said Princess Mary’s obstetrician, Dr. Morten Hedegaard. The birth team also included midwife Birgitte Hillerup, who said the princess, 38, had an epidural for pain. Frederik attended the birth.

The twins, along with older siblings Christian, 5, and Isabella, 3, are expected to visit their mother’s native Australia this year, perhaps for Christmas. The prince met the princess, nee Mary Donaldson, the Tasmanian-born daughter of a math professor, at a Sydney pub during the 2000 summer Olympics.

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