The anonymous new mother exited her apartment building on the corner of Third Avenue and 68th Street with the help of her doorman, according to Fox 5. In labor and in need of a hospital, she tried to catch a taxi.
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After several minutes of searching, the woman dropped to the ground and began to give birth. Passersby immediately rushed over to assist the woman until medics arrived. Others stopped to take pictures to share on social networks.
Just walked by 68th and SOMEONE JUST GAVE BIRTH IN THE STREET. YASS. pic.twitter.com/mG6tB3X2US— Matt Carroll (@mattcguard) February 24, 2014
A woman just casually gave birth in the middle of the street on the upper east side... pic.twitter.com/BgxwqgOs5W— NΞINCHRIS (@NeinCHRIS) February 24, 2014
seriously just saw a woman give birth to a baby on the street— Ares Carter (@AresCarterMusic) February 24, 2014
Among the helpful strangers: a Fox 5 news crew on its way to another story. The team decided to postpone its project and document this "only in New York" moment.
I walked down the block and watched someone give birth in the middle of street. New York is weird.— Alex Fitzpatrick (@alexleefitz) February 24, 2014
Even with the unorthodox setting and big crowd, the mid-street birth was a success. The baby girl was born healthy and surrounded by smiling faces. Strangers offered their scarves to protect the child from the cold, while others cheered for the new mom.
Shortly after the birth, the woman and her infant were loaded into an ambulance and taken to Lenox Hill hospital. Both are said to be doing well.