Cops help terrified woman give birth in Harlem building lobby

An NYPD sergeant’s experience as a mom helped calm a woman as she gave birth in the lobby of a Harlem apartment building early Monday. Sgt. Mashiel Santos and Officer Yoojin Park were on patrol in the 32nd Precinct at 1:45 a.m. when the expectant mom’s husband called 911. The officers headed over to W. 135th St. and Frederick Douglass Blvd., but the mom, 37-year-old Gilda Roseman, was already in labor. “As we pulled up in front of the building, we could hear a woman in pain in the lobby,” Santos said. “Her water had broken in the elevator. They were on their way to the hospital.” The mom, who was flanked by her husband and mother-in-law, couldn’t make it to the car double-parked outside though. “She was already laying down on the floor and (the baby’s head was) crowning,” Santos said. Santos assured the stunned mom that everything was normal and the baby was coming. She took one hand, and the husband, Nathaniel, took the other, as the mom started breathing. “A few minutes later, the baby’s head came out,” Santos recalled. The sergeant then offered the petrified mom some reassurance, telling her, “We’re halfway there. Another big push and we’ll have the baby soon.” As an EMS ambulance arrived, so did the baby — a girl, the mother’s second child. The ambulance took mother and daughter to Harlem Hospital. Park, who has no children, said she was just as jittery as the soon-to-be dad. “It was my first experience,” Park said. “When I saw EMS, I ran there, I said, “Hurry up, hurry up! Give me the blanket!” Santos has two sons of her own, and she’s responded to several births, though never as the first one on the scene. “Everyone’s gonna get nervous,” she explained. “There’s stuff coming out, and someone has to reassure her that this is normal, and it’s gonna be a good Continue Reading

Woman gives birth to baby in car after dad crashes on way to hospital

A woman gave birth to a baby girl in a car early Monday after her panicked husband slammed into a concrete barrier while rushing to the hospital. Hongwei Zhang ran across lanes of Genesee Avenue and frantically flagged down a passing car, waving his arms and standing in front of it to get the driver to stop. Lucky for the couple, the driver was a registered nurse who had just finished her shift at Scripps Memorial Hospital and was heading home shortly before 3 a.m. “He was saying, ‘My wife, my wife!’ The next thing he said was, ‘The baby came!’” recalled Dayna Dumont, who works in the emergency department at Scripps. “I quickly jumped out of my car.” Dumont said the couple’s car looked like it was totaled, with both airbags deployed. She tried to open the passenger door, but it was stuck because of the damage. Zhang was able to get it open. There, in the front seat, Dumont found Ying Shi, a no-longer-pregnant woman. Her baby girl was already out. Dumont checked to make sure the umbilical cord wasn’t around the infant’s neck. It wasn’t. “I took a peek and there was a baby,” Dumont said. “(The mother) was in the (seat) with the baby between her legs and in her pants.” The woman’s husband called 911 but he was having difficulty explaining where they were. The phone synced with the Bluetooth in the car and Dumont ended up talking to the dispatcher, telling her precisely where the car had crashed. San Diego police said it appeared the husband had taken a wide turn onto Genesee after exiting from southbound Interstate 5 and slammed into several concrete barriers. “I didn’t think the baby had actually arrived,” Dumont recalled. “The mom was sitting there so calmly. I was asking, are you in any pain or discomfort, and she said no... She was just asking, ‘Is the baby OK?’ ” Dumont, 31, has been a nurse for six years and has worked at Continue Reading

Mom gives birth in SUV, drives to ER, all while tot watches ‘Angry Birds’ in back seat

Shannon Geise left the doctor’s office, climbed into her SUV and thought about all she had left to do before her baby boy’s birth.She’d made it to week 39; only seven more days before her Nov. 14 due date.Her doctor told her not to worry, everything was fine. Her baby, already named Sebastian, was healthy and so was she. But Shannon was no more dilated than she’d been the week before.The doctor asked her if she wanted to be induced, just to move things along.Shannon said no.“I wanted to wait,” she would say later.Sebastian, as Shannon would soon discover, was not as patient.This was baby No. 5 for Shannon. Baby No. 4, her first little girl after three boys, was 17 months old.Olivia wears pigtails, sometimes fights naps and loves Disney movies, but she wasn’t old enough yet to understand that a baby was on the way.Shannon, 31, had been spending her days doing what expecting moms do: nesting. The nursery was decorated, the going-home outfit laid out, everything was as ready as it could be.She just needed Sebastian to decide he was ready.That night, Shannon put Olivia to sleep. She called her boys, who were staying at their dad’s house, to say good night.She’d felt a few cramps earlier in the day, but nothing to worry about. After four babies, Shannon knew what false labor felt like.Just after midnight, she woke up.“I had a particularly painful contraction,” the Phoenix woman said.She stepped out of bed to use the bathroom.“When I got up, I felt a pop,” she said.Shannon’s water had broken. She figured she had time. Enough time to get her bag and put on some makeup so she looked nice in photos with her newborn.Sebastian had his own plans.Shannon decided to take a quick shower and call the baby’s father for a ride to the hospital.“My water’s broken before and there’s usually a few hours, at least, Continue Reading

Woman gives birth in traffic congestion on Cross Bronx Expressway

Here's one way to get out of gridlock. A woman gave birth to the first of two twins on the Cross Bronx Expressway during a major traffic snarl Wednesday morning — but made it to the hospital in time for the second twin’s arrival, officials said. The drama began on the heavily traveled elevated highway near Exit 4 about 11:40 a.m. with the woman in labor pains inside her husband’s car, officials said. When emergency personnel arrived, a son had already been welcomed into the world. Paramedics rushed the mom and newborn to Jacobi Medical Center, where the second twin, a girl, was born, hospital officials said. “We’re pleased to report both the mother and her babies are doing well,” Jacobi spokesman John Doyle said in a statement. “She is in fair condition after giving birth to a baby boy in good condition and a baby girl in fair condition this afternoon.” The new mom named her twins Tavon and Talia. “I’m fine,” said the new mom, who wished not to be named. “I’m in a little pain, but everything is OK.” The baby’s dramatic arrival was the second time that a city road was turned into a maternity ward Wednesday. Earlier in the day, NYPD Police Officer Lorraine Bowden helped take care of a baby girl born in a car in Brooklyn. Bowden, a member of the NYPD’s K-9 Unit, was driving through Park Slope with her trusty partner Maverick when she was flagged down by a panicked Eglan Prince. His wife, Latoya, had just given birth in the passenger seat of his car, which was pulled over on Fourth Ave. near Atlantic Ave. Prince was on the phone with 911 when Bowden arrived in her squad car. “He said his wife was in labor,” Bowden said. “I thought they needed an escort to the hospital, but he wanted me to come out and come to the passenger side door.” Once Bowden went over and Continue Reading

SEE IT: Texas woman gives birth in car — in four minutes.

An amazing video of a Texas woman giving birth in the passenger seat of the family car is burning up the Internet. Probably because the baby boy popped out in four minutes flat. As of Saturday, the video posted on YouTube had been viewed more than 1.9 million times. Lesia Pettijohn and her husband, Jon, were on their way to the Bay Area Birthing Center in Pasadena, when her water broke about 10 minutes from the facility. Jon, who was driving, had positioned his GoPro camera on his leg, sensing they may not make it the hospital in time. He was right. Less than a minute later, Lesia could feel the baby's head emerging. She was screaming in pain. "It's coming out! It's coming out!" Jon, meanwhile, was perfectly calm. He undid her seat belt, and matter-of-factly asked if she wanted to remove her pants. By that time, the baby was halfway out. "I was just thinking, 'Well, I have to push him out, he can't stay halfway," the mom told The Facts. Jon asked his wife if she wanted him to pull over. She told him to keep going. As she fussed that the baby needed suctioned, to clear his lungs, Jon pointed out that the baby was squalling his little head off. So he was breathing just fine. They named the boy, who weighed in at 10 pounds, Josiah. He is the couple's third child and their first son. Less than a week after the birth, both mother and baby are doing fine. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? SEE THE VIDEO HERE. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Baby on Board: Utah Woman Gives Birth in Car on Side of Highway

A pregnant Utah woman driving herself to the hospital pulled over and delivered a healthy baby boy on the side of an interstate highway, police said. Devi Mariah Ostler went into labor on Saturday and was driving to Brigham City Hospital, about 60 miles north of Salt Lake City, when her water broke. She called 911 and the dispatcher told her to pull over and then talked her through the birth. "I'm trying to get over into the other lane. I need to push," Ostler says in the recording. "The baby is coming!" A policeman and highway patrolman sped to Ostler's location. Less than a minute after their arrival, she gave birth to a 9.9-pound baby boy in her car. He is Ostler's third child. Both mom and baby are healthy and in good condition at the hospital. Watch the clip above. Continue Reading

Subway delivery! Nevada woman gives birth in sandwich shop restroom

RENO, Nev. -- It was just another day at work for Flora Vargas until a screaming woman burst into her Subway sandwich shop in Nevada on Friday and announced she was in labor. After the pregnant woman raced for the women's restroom, assistant manager Vargas and her boss sprang into action, placing sandwich wrappers and trash bags on the floor for sanitation. With Vargas' help, the mother gave birth on the restroom floor in Minden, 40 miles south of Reno, a couple minutes later. "It was a boy. A beautiful boy," Vargas told The Associated Press. "He didn't cry when he came out. Then he cried, and I breathed easier knowing he was alive." No customers were in the restaurant at the time of the 9:30 a.m. birth, but the restaurant was open. The only employees inside were Vargas and the manager. Vargas helped calm down the mother and get her on the restroom floor, she said, and it was "a blessing" that paramedics from the East Fork Fire and Paramedic District arrived in time to assist in the delivery. "The head of the baby was already out when she went to the floor," Vargas said. "The baby came out really, really fast. Fortunately, the emergency service people got here really fast." Paramedics transported the mother and child to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, where hospital spokesman Jon Tyler said he could only disclose that both are healthy. Their names were not released. Vargas said the mother told her that she was 21 and had three other children. The mother was accompanied by a sister at the time, she added. East Fork Battalion Chief Ron Haskins said paramedics have delivered babies in odd places, but it's the first birth on a restaurant restroom floor that he can recall during his 30 years with the district. "We've delivered babies in cars and restrooms at home, but it's all part of the job," he said. "It's one of the most positive parts of our job." When she entered the business, Vargas said, the mother was "screaming real bad, Continue Reading

Woman gives birth to lil straphanger on J train on way to Chambers St. station

A straphanger is born. New mom Wanda Dueno, 24, gave birth to a baby boy in the last car of a J subway train in Manhattan early Wednesday morning. "His name is Chris," Dueno said from her bed at NY Downtown as she laughed about giving birth on the subway. "We are happy and healthy." The train crew discovered mother and son in the empty car after she pressed the intercom repeatedly as the train headed toward the Chambers St. station. “She was holding the baby in her arms,” conductor Veronica Stevens said. “He was breathing, making sounds, moving his arms.” Dueno — whose due date was July 1 — was heading home when she began to feel pain, Steven said. “You know you’re supposed to stay close to home,” Stevens said good-naturedly. When the police arrived, the woman told Stevens she was embarrassed about “the guys” seeing her. “I said, ‘Girl, they’ve seen worse than this,’ ” Stevens said. EMS paramedics arrived, cut the umbilical cord and took the mother and infant to a local hospital. The train pulled out of Jamaica Center/Parsons Archer in eastern Queens at 12:37 a.m. and headed to Manhattan. “We were making normal stops, everything was nice at quiet,” Stevens said. Then the intercom light illuminated. There was an emergency in the last car. Stevens couldn’t understand what the caller was saying. The rumble of the train was too loud, she said. So motorman Jasper Holden walked down the Chambers St. platform to the last car to investigate. He looked inside the car and walked up to the conductor’s window. “Now you can take over,” he told Stevens. “You got this now.” Hours later, Stevens, 50, still couldn’t believe her night on the J train. It was the first on-board birth she’d been involved in during her two decades on the job. “I had my first ‘train Continue Reading

Leap Day leaplings! Woman gives birth for her third consecutive Leap Day

PROVO, Utah  -- In one of the rarest feats in the annals of family planning, a Utah woman has given birth on a third consecutive Leap Day, tying a record set in the 1960s. David and Louise Estes' daughter Jade was born Wednesday morning in Provo, an hour south of Salt Lake City, four years after their son Remington was born on Feb. 29, 2008, and eight years after their son Xavier was born Feb. 29, 2004. Baby Jade was already five days overdue when doctors induced labor and the family hit the elusive date. "I have never gone over so I wasn't sure if she was going to wait," Louise told The Daily Herald of Provo ( ). "As soon as we passed midnight I knew it really, really could happen." The only other known case of triple Leap Day babies is the Henriksen family of Norway, which logged Feb. 29 births in 1960, 1964 and 1968, according to the Guinness World Records press office. The family holds the Guinness record for most siblings born on Leap Day. Leap Days come once every four years to recalibrate the calendar and account for the 365 days and 6 hours it takes Earth to revolve around the sun. Having a Feb. 29 birthday can be both a blessing and a curse - a "Leapling" can only celebrate their true birthday once every four years. But they also joke that they age four times slower. "We're gonna try to get our oldest a car on his fourth birthday," Louise joked in an interview with KSL in Salt Lake City. The Estes family, which has two other children who weren't born on the special date, says they try to have a large celebration around the end of February and beginning of March each non-Leap Year, in place of the missing birthdate. This year, Remington and Xavier got their own special birthday cakes and celebrations. "We always make sure to celebrate their fourth and eighth birthdays in a big way," Louise said. "It is a milestone for everyone." Louise Estes said their 8-year-old son Xavier's Feb. 29 birthday was pure Continue Reading

Did Google Street View catch woman giving birth? Bizarre photo surfaces, but Google says it’s fake

Google Street View's candid images have captured criminals in the act, bizarre nudity, and now a birth. At least what at first appeared to be a birth. Images purportedly taken by the roving Google car this week in Germany show a woman lying on a sidewalk, seemingly having just given birth as another person holds up what looks like a newborn. A man who could be the frantic father is also in the image, gesturing while on the phone. The photo, posted by the tech blog Gizmodo, quickly spread around the Internet – and speculation that the image was faked soon followed. "Well this is certainly more life-affirming than your usual dudes with guns/drug dealers/dead people Google Street View fare," Gizmodo bloggers wrote after first posting the photo. "Yup, that's the youngest citizen of Wilmersdorf, Germany, captured moments after birth." "I am German and have to tell you it's a fake. It has been reported in German television and in different German news sources," the commenter wrote, citing German website "There is a hospital right across the street and they have no knowledge of a birth right in front of their door. In the house is also an advertising agency that has no knowledge of a birth in front of their house." Gizmodo originally reported that the image was replaced by Google shortly after the discovery, though there is some debate about where it was taken. Some websites report the photo was snapped at 37 Hubertusallee in the Berlin suburb of Wilmersdorf, Germany, while others claim it was Zwerchgasse 39 in Mannheim, Germany. A search for the Hubertusallee address into Google Maps generates what looks like the same location as the "birth" photo, but the building is blurred and there are no people on the sidewalk. The Zwerchgasse address prompts this message from Google Maps: "This image is under review and will be available soon." The fact that the building contains an advertising agency has caused some to speculate that the Continue Reading