Baby born outside entrance to the Holland Tunnel

Claudine Zap

This baby will have a great answer to the age-old question, “Where were you born?”

On Monday morning, a woman gave birth to a baby girl just outside the entrance to the New Jersey side of the Holland tunnel.

Ying Chen, 21, and the baby’s father, Kai Tang, had intended to take a bus to their Brooklyn home after visiting a cousin in Philadelphia. With eight days until her due date, Chen thought she had time for the short trip, WABC reports.

But then, while still in Philadelphia, Chen went into labor. The bus wasn’t an option, so a relative drove them, according to NBC 4 New York. The couple had hoped to make it to a New York City hospital but got stuck in rush hour traffic. And this baby was in a hurry to be born.

They pulled over by the tolls and received help from Port Authority Police officers Luis Alvarado and Catherine Prior, who provided first aid and requested an ambulance. Officer Matthew Smith, a certified EMT, helped deliver the baby in the back seat of the car early Monday morning, according to

Mother and baby were taken to Jersey City Medical Center. Hospital spokesman Mark Rabson told Yahoo News that both mother and baby girl are doing well and are expected to leave the hospital on Wednesday.

Chen, who has been in the country only about two years, has an 11-month old son at home. Nurses translated from Mandarin Chinese as she told her story. "Everything is OK," Chen told "The most important thing is my daughter is safe."

At the suggestion of hospital staff, the newborn will be named Holly, after the Holland Tunnel.