Rush hour traffic in and around NYC is a bad place to be, but perhapstheworst place to be if you are inlabor.Soukaina Elkarhat was six weeks away from her due datewhen she realized something was up and thought that it might be time -- go time. So she and her husband Abdel left their home in Lodi, New Jersey, to head over to Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, where they planned to have the baby.
Depending on traffic in theHolland Tunnel, the trip wouldn't take that long, but there was traffic andbaby just didn't want to wait. Just as they got into the tunnel, the baby starting crowning. They made it through to the New York side and pulled over right by the Port Authority security booth for help. That's when things turned really scary for a minute.
Port Authority Bridge and Tunnel Agents George McCann and Jean Bernard were on duty that day. McCann has been with that job for 34 years and has seen a lot, but never the birth of a baby in the tunnel. McCann toldCBS New Yorkthat dad Abdel came running out of the car asking for help. Mom Soukaina was in the passenger seat and they pushed the seat all the way back so they could help her deliver the baby whose head was already out.
"I took the baby, put the baby on top of the chest of the mom and checked on the response of the baby to make sure the baby was alive," McCann said. "He cringed so I knew everything was all right."
Way to go, McCann! But there was concern because the baby was blue and seemed to need more oxygen. McCann created a tent over the baby with a wool blanket, and they got them all to the hospital. Heroes!
The Elkarhat's named their 6 pound 9 ounce baby boy Nassim Mohammad. They praise the Port Authority workers for their help -- they truly were the light at the end of the tunnel.
No word on how much this birth snarled traffic, or should I say tied up the tubes.
Just the other day a womangave birth in a helicopteron the way to the hospital. I'm not sure which is more frightening. Though both births went well, so all that matters is that there are more healthy and happy babies in this world. Congrats!
Do you ever worry that you'll give birth in an unusual place?
not really. im having a homebirth anyway. my midwife has to come to me either way. im not worried about something going wrong so much as not having something that i want/need for the birth. if im at the mall and have the baby...i probably wont have the carseat to get him home...that kind of stuff