NYC Woman 'Casually' Gives Birth in the Middle of the Street
byKaitlin StanfordFeb 26, 2014
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The streets of New York are often home to some pretty unusual scenarios. But a live birth in the middle of a busy crosswalk? During rush hour, no less? This may be a first.
According to witnesses, an unnamed mom-to-be, in the throes of labor, rushed out of her apartment building on 68th and Third Avenue Monday afternoon, looking to get to a hospital, fast. But while her doorman helped her out of the building, she encountered one all-too-real New York problem once she reached the street: She couldn't find a cab for the life of her.
Complicating matters was the fact that her baby seemed to be pretty insistent on coming out right then and there—and as quickly as possible.
Sound like your worst nightmare? Ours, too! But instead of panicking, the woman was all, "I got this." As stunned passersby looked on, she simply crouched down and started pushing—in the middle of the crosswalk.
"She was like, 'Oh, my God, the baby's coming,'" one witness told Fox News. "And then I could see the baby's head coming out."
Luckily, several strangers who happened to be walking by during the birth stopped to help, including a few women who offered up scarves to wrap the baby, and even a Fox News crew that was on its way to cover another story when it happened upon this one.
Minutes later, medics arrived to whisk away the new baby girl and her smiling mom away to nearby Lenox Hill Hospital.
Though it all happened in a matter of minutes, news of the birth naturally made its way onto Twitter, as shocked New Yorkers posted updates while walking by: