Yesterday morning it seems that a little boy just couldn’t wait to get to Yankee Stadium. According to CBS News, Tamika Snipe, 21, was heading to the hospital around 10 a.m. to deliver her third child on her due date, when she started experiencing serious labor pains on the subway.
Snipe got off the 4 train at the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium Station and police called an ambulance, but the baby, like most New Yorkers, couldn’t wait. Lt. Sylvia Mendoza, Officers Yaneli Garcia and Norma Vargas Benitez, helped Snipe deliver Maxwell at 10:25 a.m.
“We grabbed blankets, officers took off their jackets, placed it on the floor and we laid down Ms. Snipe who said that her baby was coming,” Lt. Sylvia Mendoza told 1010 WINS.
“Everybody took a big sigh of relief when we heard the baby crying and then we knew that everything was going to be okay,” Mendoza said. Both mother and baby were listed in stable condition at the hospital.
This raises the question, if you’re going to have a baby on the subway, what line is best?
Last year, women gave birth on the PATH Train in January, at the Philadelphia Broad Street Station on a SEPTA train in October, and at a DC Metro Red line station in December. However, a true stand out is here in NYC where, last June on the J Train, a woman had a healthy baby boy completely by herself! Additionally, few years ago, a woman had a baby on the F platform. This is pretty impressive considering the F train platform isn’t all that fun to be on even when you’re not popping a new human out of your body.
While the choice of what subway to use is clearly a personal one that should be left up to the mother and child, we suggest avoiding the L train at rush hour.