Washington, D.C., resident Shavonnte Taylor wasn’t due to give birth for more than two weeks, but her baby boy wasn’t going to wait another moment. A little after 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning in a dark and likely crowded L’Enfant Metro rail station next to a broken escalator, she and at least a dozen bystanders witnessed the miracle of birth.
That’s when little Amir Mason Taylor was born, just one day before what would be the 259th birthday of Pierre Charles L’Enfant, chief planner the city of Washington, D.C., and the Metro station’s namesake.
Taylor was very fortunate that a medical professional was also using mass transit that morning. An EMT en route to visit a friend happened to hear her obvious discomfort and went to her aid. Some men also in the station went so far as to offer the shirts off their backs to provide a barrier between the newborn child and dirty station floor.
The station manager said of the event: “Everybody was like, ‘I can’t believe this happened…Everybody was concerned about the well-being of the mother and her baby.”
Fortunately, all went as well as could be expected with the exception of the location. Soon after delivering, Taylor and her baby were taken to George Washington University Hospital. That night, Taylor said, “It wasn’t the way I wanted to have him, but it went fine.” She added, “I’m fine. The baby’s fine. I’m just tired.” No doubt.
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Here in Washington, we are often bombarded with negative stories about our Metro transit system: the waiting, the broken equipment, the rate hikes. It’s nice now and again to hear something uplifting happening even if its during rush hour
We wish Taylor and her four children the best.