It's a boy! Washington Metro authorities announced via Twitter on Thursday that a 23-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy on the platform of a busy downtown metro stop.
A baby was just delivered ON THE PLATFORM at L'Enfant Plaza. MTPD on scene. Additional details will follow. #WMATA— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) August 1, 2013
While "L'Enfant" refers to Pierre L'Enfant, the French-born architect who designed the layout of nation's capital, his last name means "the child" in French.
L'Enfant update: It's a boy! More to come. #WMATA— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) August 1, 2013
L'Enfant update 2: Mother and baby were transported to a local hospital. Both appear to be doing fine. #WMATA— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) August 1, 2013
Metro authorities identified the mother as Shavonnte Taylor, 23. They said the baby was named Amir Mason, and weighed in at a healthy 8 pounds 5 ounces. Mother and son were helped by an off-duty emergency medical technician, a woman who happened to be on the same train, according to a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokesman, Philip Stewart.
Congratulations to Shavonnte Taylor on the birth of your new baby boy, Amir! pic.twitter.com/TRAN9Ca1uh— @wmata (@wmata) August 1, 2013
That’s a note from WMATA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sarles. It’s not easy to read. It says:
"Congratulations on the birth of your son! I am sure that the delivery did not go exactly as you had imagined, but I hope that our employees and customers who assisted you were a source of support and comfort.
Please accept the enclosed SmarTrip card worth $100 in Metro fare preloaded as our gift.
Some Washingtonians reacted to the initial tweet with practical advice. Mike Madden, editor of the Washington City Paper, noted this on Twitter:
L'Enfant Plaza, as it happens, is the closest Metro stop to the American College of OB/GYNs. Send over the response team, ACOG!— Mike Madden (@mikemadden) August 1, 2013
(His wife works at ACOG).
Other Washingtonians seized on the opportunity to poke light-hearted fun at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. One referred to the way metro riders are charged upon exiting.
.@wmata if the baby was delivered on the platform, will you still charge he/she exit fare?— Charlie Heimerdinger (@CharlieHeimer) August 1, 2013
Nicely done, but as it happens:
Stewart, told Yahoo News that he did not have a figure for the number of babies born on agency-run metros or buses. But "it has happened before, both on the train and in the station," he said.