Baby Girl Arrives On The East Broadway F Train Platform

by in Unusual Baby Stories

New Yorkers making their way around the city got more than they paid for yesterday when an expectant mom literally gave birth on the East Broadway F train platform.

Francine Alfontent, 27, of Brooklyn, was on her way to Bellevue Hospital Monday afternoon via the F train with her husband, Max, when she realized the baby wasn’t going to wait any longer, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

“My wife started feeling funny on the train, so I told the conductor and he called ahead to the station,” Max Alfontent said. “When we pulled in, I put her down on the platform and her water broke. I was happy the baby was coming, but I have to admit, I was a little scared.”

Many people stopped to help including a nurse that comforted her, a businessman who put his briefcase under her head as a pillow and another man who sought out paramedics, who ultimately delivered the baby.

“At least four trains came into the station and it seemed like people from every one of them stopped to help,” Wendy Brown, 44, a social worker told the Daily News.

The proud parents named their baby girl Soleil, which is French for sun.

“Even though this story has a happy ending, it brings into light the significance of recognizing labor, which in some women can be quite fast,” said Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor of “On the average, for a woman’s first baby, labor can take anywhere from 12 to 14 hours, with the last two hours pushing to bring the baby’s head out. However, in a woman who has had previous deliveries, the final phase of delivery can literally take minutes.”

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