Woman Gives Birth at a Train Station & Everyone Pitches In to Help


subway platformA lot of stuff goes down in the NYC subway system. I've seen fights, make-outs, public urination, great live music, terrible live music, and rats getting a little too friendly. But I've never seen a woman giving birth. I'd imagine myself springing into action, putting down my coat for the mama to be more comfortable, and then screaming, "Someone call an ambulance!" Because while I'm all about births in places other than hospitals, the NYC subway platform isn't exactly a desirable (or clean) location. Still, Tamika Snipe has one hell of a birth story when she started going into labor on the D train in the Bronx on Thursday.

Tamika was on her way to see her doctor, but at the 161st Yankee Stadium subway stop, it was time.

While on the platform, strangers on the subway who became aware of the situation ran to alert the station agent and NYPD officers came rushing to help. They were able to take her into one of the transit offices at the stop.

"We move all the chairs. I put garbage bags on the floor, we got everybody's coats. We threw them on the floor. We took off her clothes and the head was out," Officer Janelli Garcia told ABC News. Officer Vargas Benitez admitted they were scared, but were so happy when the baby let out a cry. Wow! That happened fast!

Tamika said she is so thankful it all happened at that particular subway stop where there were officers on hand to help her. She named her little subway baby Maxwell William Snipe. Love it! He's in perfect health and weighed 7 pounds. Both mom and baby went to New York Presbyterian Hospital and are doing well.

What an amazing birth story! I've heard of a mom giving birth on the J train, the 4/5 line, and now the D train. That Yankee Stadium stop has probably seen some really wild and crazy antics, but this one might be the best. I think the kid deserves Yankee tickets for life, don't you? Someone tell Jeter about this. 

Do you have a wild birth story? Know anyone who gave birth in an unusual or unexpected place?


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Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

I have an aunt who can sleep through childbirth. Her husband was a fireman, and one of his best friends was a cop. She was home alone napping, and didn't realize she was in active labor. The cop stopped by looking for her husband, and thank God he did. The door bell woke her up and she realized the babys head was just about crowning. The cop put her in the back of his patrol car and sped off to the hospital. The baby had other ideas. They had to pull over less than a mile from her home. The cop delivered the baby in the back of the patrol car.

amiec... amiecanflie

Wow, HockeyMomNJ! I don't know whether to be jealous or not about that! I didn't sleep for almost 48 hours since I went into labor while trying to sleep and even though it was a very short labor, afterwards I was too "high" to sleep and I didn't crash for about a whole day! 

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Amie - yeah, I'm pretty jealous of it! Lol. I think they call it silent labor, not sure. My son was 9lb 12 oz and 23 and a half inches long. No way I was sleeping thru any of that.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

But they don't help someone that was pushed onto the tracks

nonmember avatar lalamami

Way to ruin a moment pinkmani..... Antagonism, awesome story. And agree he should get tickets for life

nonmember avatar Michelle

5 pregnancies, 3 healthy girls all born in hospital beds. Nothing newsworthy there. (Yes, I got the numbers right...)

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