Baby Born at Penn Station: Express Delivery

Officer Melissa DeFrancesco with baby Oscar

There was an unexpected arrival at Pennsylvania Station in New York City on Wednesday: a baby boy weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces.

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Ana Aguirre, 32, told the Daily News that she felt fine when she commuted from Centereach on Long Island into Manhattan early Wednesday to go to an appointment. But on her way home, she went into labor. "When I was returning, the pain got much worse," she said. "I had already bought the train ticket and was waiting for the train."

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) police officer Melissa DeFrancesco told Yahoo! Shine that at around 9:45 a.m., she and three other officers—Joe Cona, Vinay Hathiramani, and Burt Silva—got a call about a woman in distress. Earlier that morning, an officer had called EMS to aid another passenger, so two paramedics were already in the train station. The officers located Aguirre in the district (precinct) waiting room. "She was doubled over in pain," said DeFrancesco.

The MTA officers escorted her into a private office, and the EMS workers took over. "We had another call and when we returned—it was only 10-15 minutes later—she had had the baby." Little Oscar arrived at 10:04 a.m.

After the baby was born, DeFrancesco and the other MTA officers pitched in. "There were only two EMS," she said. "They were looking for some more help. They handed me the baby, and I took care of him while they helped the mom." The paramedics carried Aguirre in a stretcher to an ambulance waiting outside, and DeFrancesco brought out the baby, who was now swaddled in a blue blanket—much to the delight of other commuters and tourists. Mom and baby were then transported to Bellevue Hospital to recover.

"Like any day at Penn Station, it was quite busy," said DeFrancesco. "But with the baby being born it was pretty exciting. A little chaotic, but we all did what we had to do."

Yahoo! Shine couldn't reach Aguirre for comment, but according to the MTA, Aguirre and Oscar are doing well. He joins an 11-year-old sister, and two brothers, ages 6 and 4.

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