Mothers plan their births down to the tiniest detail, but let's face it, babies sometimes do what they want! In the case of a Washington, DC resident named Shavonnte Taylor, her baby wasn't due for another 17 days, so she thought it would be fine to hop on the city's Metro system to head to a doctor's appointment. But this kid apparently likes city transport because he decided he was going to make an early -- and dramatic -- appearance. Born right there on the station platform, in front of hundreds of commuters. Talk about an entrance!
Taylor said she had just stepped out of one train and was preparing to walk to her transfer when she felt contractions. She told the Washington Post:
Once I got off the train, they got worse and they were coming back to back. It took me down to my knees.
At this point, Taylor's bad luck turned to good. An EMT who had trained in delivering babies heard her cries and ran to help. Several other bystanders stopped to assist, and soon the platform was covered with a shirt so the babe wouldn't get dirty.
Meanwhile, a station manager who heard the moans also rushed over to investigate. The manager, Saa Alpha, is a father of five but had never seen a baby born -- and he was about to get his chance! As soon as the baby "popped out," the EMT placed him -- for it was a boy -- on momma's chest.
Mother and child were taken to a nearby hospital and are doing great. This is Taylor's fourth child. She named him Amir, not L'Enfant, after the subway stop, as many were suggesting. L'Enfant is French for "the child." Of course!
Considering how sanitizied hospitals are, it's always an interesting reminder that babies can be born pretty much anywhere and survive. We are a hearty species! Not that I'm recommending a subway/elevator/taxi/helicopter birth.
This is something the spectators won't forget. "It was just awesome," says Alpha. Taylor was certainly more fortunate than the New York City woman who gave birth on the subway all by herself. (Not to mention that DC subways are much cleaner than NYC ones. Trust me on that one.)
Someone give this kid a free Metro pass for life!
Have you ever given birth somewhere strange? Do you worry about it?
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