Mom Names Baby After Stranger Who Never Left Her Side as She Gave Birth on Train

Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers! A pregnant woman went into labor while she was traveling home from visiting her husband last weekend, and ended up giving birth on the train. Sheera Lowe's labor was so fast that she welcomed her new baby daughter in the Amtrak dining car, with the help of one very kind good Samaritan.

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Lowe was still a couple of weeks away from her due date when she boarded a train headed to New York last Saturday. On February 15, she had taken her 4-year-old daughter Aaliyah to visit with her husband Michael Stokes, who was working in North Carolina as a freight supervisor for FedEx.

Feeling fine, she left her daughter there, and headed home by herself. She said that by 5:45 p.m., she began to feel contractions, and made her way to the cafe car. Most everyone had their heads down with ear buds in, but Lowe spotted one woman who was reading a book. "I think I'm in labor ... can you help me?" she asked.

Within 10 minutes, the train was rolling to an emergency stop, with paramedics on the way. When they arrived at a station in Aberdeen, two police officers and an EMT jumped on board, and tried to get her on a stretcher. She couldn't do it, and recalled later that the EMT yelled, "She's crowning!"

Three pushes later, at 6:01 p.m., Trinity Christina Stokes was born, weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

The kind stranger who was reading that book stayed by Lowe's side the entire time and helped her through it. Even though she doesn't know anything about the woman other than that she lives in New York, Sheera honored her by using her name as her daughter's middle name.

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"She wouldn't leave my side in the whole thing," Lowe recalled later. "I'm so happy and so grateful she stayed." She was also glad that her daughter stayed in North Carolina with her dad. She said that normally Aaliyah would have accompanied her, but this time she stayed behind.

I love stories like this, where people come together to help each other. It's extra special, of course, because of the reason -- bringing new life into the world.

 

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