Baby Almost Born on Subway

Posted on May 15th, 2009 by The SUBWAYblogger in Kids, This just in

Maybe next time, take a cab?

Jeanie Colberg was on the 4 train with her young daughter on the way to the hospital yesterday when her water broke.

Baby almost born in subwayLuckily, a good samaritan was there to comfort her and calm her down a bit.  At Union Square, EMS workers were there to handle the rest.  She ended up giving birth to a 7 pound baby in the back of the ambulance.

She even gave the baby her middle name, Rochelle, after a transit worker that assisted her.

I don’t know for a fact that she was on the way to the hospital because she was in labor.  If not, it’s a pretty freaky coincidence.

So let’s assume she was in labor, would you really take the 4 train?  I’m personally gonna go with NO.  It’s either 911, or take a cab.  Even if you’re a bit light on the cab fare, I’m pretty sure they’d let you get away with it.

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  1. Stephanie said on May 17th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Labor can take hours. No need to rush to the hospital in a cab if you’re still early in labor and don’t expect (nor does your doctor expect) you to be in hard labor any time soon. Otherwise you just end up sitting for more time waiting to get into a delivery room (I waited over 7 hours to get into a delivery room, and that was after taking the train to kill some time). Also, cabbies have the same prejudices that subway riders have about hating pregnant women. You think a cabbie is going to not only stop for a pregnant woman who looks like she’s going to pop, but also let her get away without paying? I love New York, but having been pregnant here, I do not expect the kindness of strangers to be something on which to count.

  2. Mary said on June 12th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Correction: Labor can take days. Can be as long as 48 hours or more for some women. I was lucky to have a quick labor (a few hours) but the last phase came on fast and my daughter was almost born in the car. She was born 10 minutes after we got to the hospital! You just can never tell, especially if it’s your first labor. But I agree with every else you said, Stephanie. :)

  3. Cris said on July 16th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    The first labor usually takes hours but Jeanie had a kid with her on the subway, so she was probably on her second labor, which I heard can be very quick. I have one child only and I went though a 16hrs labor…long.

  4. baby shower wording said on September 3rd, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I didn’t thinking of getting train for the delivery since I’m on my way to third trimester pregnancy. It’s really impressed me of this incident. This is my first pregnancy so I do not really have experience about the labor. So, guess I will just call 911 or any faster way to rush me to hospital.

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  6. cash uk said on December 10th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Good education on labor here.. :)
    but at least she got some help in the train..

  7. Karl said on December 13th, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Rochelle is a nice name for the baby :D

  8. kelly said on July 22nd, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    NO she was going to brooklyn to meet up with her mother & while she was on her way over she didnt know she was going in to labor so soon

  9. Komodo Dragon said on January 10th, 2011 at 4:26 am

    It's gotta be quite unnerving to find out you're about to deliver while in public transit. You hope there's someone in the vehicle that knows what to do in that situation.

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