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“Metrobaby” arrives ahead of schedule at crowded Metro Station

by | Aug 26, 2013

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. While my family and I are on vacation, we are running some of our favorite NRL News Today stories from the last four months, entries from our “Roe at 40″ series, and an occasional update.

"Metrobaby"--Amir Mason Taylor--was born more than two weeks premature but doing well.

“Metrobaby”–Amir Mason Taylor–was born more than two weeks premature but doing well.

It was one of those feel-good stories that you don’t read many of in our nation’s capital. The best part? That Amir Mason Taylor was delivered safely August 1 in, of all places a crowded L’Enfant Metro rail station next to a broken escalator, and that both baby and mom are healthy, safe, and now at home.

Amir’s birth—two weeks ahead of schedule—came just a few minutes after Shavonnte Taylor went into labor on a Green Line train. She got off at the platform of the L’Enfant Plaza station about 10:45 a.m. and cried out, “I’m having my baby,” according to Station Manager Saa Alpha. “I’ve never seen anything like it, a baby being born, not even my own children,” Alpha said.

Fortunately for Amir (born weighing 8-pound, 5-ounces) and his 23-year-old mom, “an EMT on the train also stepped off and helped deliver the baby,” reported News4 (the Washington, DC NBC affiliate). “Another passenger offered the shirt off his back for the new mom; a third offered hand sanitizer.”

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Last Saturday there were cameras rolling at George Washington Hospital as Ms. Taylor and Amir (nicknamed “metrobaby”) were discharged. According to News4:

“Metro General Manager Richard Sarles penned a letter to Taylor, congratulating her on the birth of her son and gifting her with a $100 SmarTrip card.

“’Congratulations on the birth of your son!’ Sarles wrote in a handwritten note. ‘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… as our gift.’”

Her mother told News4 “this wasn’t Taylor’s first strange birth experience — her second son was born inside her bathroom at home.”

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