Bus Driver Who Delivered Baby On Board Did Sweetest Thing for Laboring Mom

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baby feetOut of all the inopportune places to give birth, going into labor and being forced to push out your baby on a public bus tops the list as one of the most awkward spots ever. And that's exactly what happened to one passenger while she was riding on a London bus in the middle of rush hour.

In a moment of pure desperation, the bus driver, Vently Hewitt, pulled the bus over to the side of the road, called paramedics, and proceeded to help the woman deliver the baby along with the assistance of two other female passengers. And if this guy wasn't already thought of as a gem of a driver for being willing to help, he also managed to usher 20 passengers off the bus before the baby was born because he thought the woman deserved a little privacy. (Aww!)

Being forced to deliver her baby on a bus had to be pretty scary for this poor lady, so I'm sure she was beyond thankful that Vently happened to be driving the bus on that particular day. Somehow I'm guessing that most drivers wouldn't be as willing to rise to the occasion, and some of them would probably go into a state of panic.

But this guy honestly couldn't have been more calm about what was taking place on his bus. He was so cool and collected, in fact, that after the woman and her new baby boy were taken to the hospital, he took a short break -- and then went back out to finish his shift! (All in a day's work, I guess.)

Women going into labor en route to the hospital seems to be kind of a trend these days -- just ask the U.S. truck driver who has helped deliver not one, but three babies roadside! Perhaps before pursuing a career in transportation, drivers should brush up on their medical skills as a prerequisite for applying for their license.

How would you react if a random stranger was the only person to help deliver your baby?

 

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Marina Lambert Farook

If a stranger was the only one there to help me, I would be very grateful that I wasn't alone!

Elizabeth Goold

This brought tears to my eyes! Specially after reading his statements on the linked articles. What a nice man. 

Shannon Christie

I agree i woild not wont to be alone!! Thank god for small miracles

Dani Garn Sample

ohhh!! what a sweet man. i don't think delivering a baby would automatically make a day off... so idk what you meant by that.. hope all is well.

nonmember avatar guest

i would be very grateful. and i would love to be the one there to help.

Rumsita Rumsita

I agree that I'd prefer to have a stranger help than to be all alone.  I'd probably prefer to catch the baby myself, but I'd be grateful to have someone standing by with a blanket or shirt or something to help dry baby off.


How lovely that there were nice people around to help that woman in her time of need.

wjbra... wjbrady2011

i would be thankful but scared

cajun... cajun_lady_swla

Honestly I probably wouldn't take Mich notice of the assistance until after the fact, but I believe I would be grateful as well for them sticking around to help.... And calling the paramedics for me

missy... missybest

What he did was great, as well as the others who helped.  The only sad thing to me is that this is a story told as though he is so special.  Why are we surprised by good people doing good things for others?  This is a scary society when we have acts of assistance and kindness as a "special beyond..."  I mean, any of us who are good people of course would help in any way we can.  Why would anyone who is a decent person not help?

maidj... maidjillian

That's actually pretty typical of the British atttiude, Keep Calm and Carry On.  They are excellent under pressure!  When I lived there a woman went into labor in a traffic jam so her husband got off the highway and pulled into the closet parking lot, which happened to be an auto mechanics.  The mechanics delivered the baby!

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