Brooklyn Transit Officers Help Woman Deliver Baby At Subway Station

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some NYPD transit officers came to the rescue of a woman who went into labor at a Brooklyn subway station.

Police say just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, the 32-year-old pregnant woman was on her way to the hospital when she sought out officers in the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station in Brooklyn complaining of stomach pain.

“I knew she was in trouble, so I told her to come into the command and get some air,” Officer Stephen Geniale said.

The officers, with Transit District 30, took her into their office and three minutes later a baby girl was born.

“We tried sitting her on the bench, she said she couldn’t sit down because of her pain. At that point, she said the baby’s coming,” Sgt. Kevin Haniff said. “We laid her on the ground right here, and right here we delivered a baby.”

The officers, with Transit District 30, took her into their office and three minutes later a baby girl was born. 

“Honestly, it’s amazing. Like I said, I was tearing, looking at the little fingers and the head,” Officer Ana Martinez said. “I’m just glad everything turned out well.”

“It was an amazing experience. A lot of police officers go through their careers and this never happens. To be able to witness something like this is truly amazing,” Officer Soner Ozuk said.

None of the officers have children themselves, and this was a first-time delivery for all of them, CBS2’s Cindy Hsu reported.

“Amazing, exciting, amazing, wow,” one subway rider said.

“Props to the police officers too. They do so much for everyone in the city,” mother-of-two Leah Mikulenka added. “It’s really great that they were able to help in that moment too.”

The mother and baby Alson were taken to Brooklyn Hospital and officials said they’re doing great.

The officers had a message for the new mom.

“You did a great job, a great job,” Martinez said.

They also had a message for Alson, saying “you’re a blessing.”

The officers plan to visit the family in the hospital Thursday evening.

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