Baby Born On Metro Platform, Mom Gets $100 In Fare From WMATA

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A baby boy was delivered on the platform of the L’Enfant Plaza metro station in D.C. Thursday morning.

The Metro Transit Police first tweeted the news around 10:48 a.m., but the baby was born shortly beforehand, around 10:30 a.m.

WMATA spokesman Dan Stessel says the 23-year-old woman went into labor aboard a green line train heading toward Greenbelt, Md. An off-duty emergency medical technician came to the woman’s aid and helped her off the train.

Police and station managers responded and called 911, but the baby couldn’t wait, and the EMT delivered the boy then and there.

Both mother and son were taken to George Washington University Hospital and both appear to be in good health, according to the D.C. Fire Department.

A hospital spokesperson says the boy, weighing 8 pounds and 5 ounces, has been named Amir Mason.

Name suggestions offered by Twitter users while #metrobabynames was trending in D.C. Thursday morning included Archie (short for Archives) and Pierre, after the metro station’s namesake, Pierre L’Enfant. Dorris Closing, a play off the “doors closing” train chime, and Anne Acostia were among the suggestions for a baby girl.

At around 3 p.m., WMATA tweeted a photo of a letter written by Metro General Manager Richard Sarles to the baby’s mother. It reads:

“Dear Shavonnte Taylor,

Congratulations on the birth of your son! I am sure that the delivery did not go exactly as your 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 with $100 in Metro fare preloaded as our gift.”

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