Baby born on train
has given birth on a packed commuter train.
Sonia Banks went into labour seconds after catching
the commuter service to Medway on Thursday.
An off-duty midwife, nurse and policeman all helped baby Phoebe
into the world on the carriage floor. She weighed in at 6lb
Speaking from her boyfriend’s family home in Poplicans Road,
Cuxton, Sonia, 22, said: “I kept thinking I don’t want to be
giving birth on a train in front of all those people."
Sonia’s boyfriend Allan Stanley, 21, and his mum Mari-Anne Stanley,
40, took her to Tunbridge Wells Hospital on Thursday after her
Mrs Stanley said: “They did some very basic checks and said ‘go
home because you’re not going to give birth for a long while
The trio got a lift back to Sonia’s flat in Borough Green, where
they boarded the train from London Victoria at 7.08pm in a bid to
reach Mrs Stanley’s Cuxton home.
Her labour began as the train pulled. Conductor Colin Brooker used
his tannoy to plead for anyone who could help.
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