East Broadway Welcomes A New Life

Photo of Francine Alfontent and baby from Wendy Brown

Earlier this morning, my sister e-mailed me a news story for the blog. Unfortunately I am only now posting it hours later due to issues with my server. Anyhow, East Broadway welcomed in a new life as a straphanger gave birth to a baby girl. Here is the story courtesy of 1010 Wins:

NEW YORK (AP) — A little bit of sunshine arrived on a Manhattan subway platform when a straphanger gave birth to a daughter named Soleil — French for sun.

Fellow passengers came to the aid of Francine Alfontent Monday after her water broke at the East Broadway station.

One passenger, who’s a school guidance counselor, called 911 and ran to a firehouse for help.

A nurse comforted Alfontent while waiting for paramedics, and a social worker reminded the mother-to-be how to breathe. Others offered clothing for her to rest on.

Paramedics arrived a short time later and delivered Soleil, who weighs 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Mom and baby are doing fine at Bellevue Hospital.

I would like to take this moment to wish the mother & her daughter a happy life. Welcome to NYC & the world, Soleil.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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She is disgusting. Why do some people think it is funny to have the baby in a public area. They have no decency. They seem to love to have babies in cars or taxis etc but never think of the babies health. Do not care who delivers the baby just love the publicity. A decent person would have called an ambulance and not travelled by public transport.

Hello Sue,

I must say you left an interesting comment. I am curious as to why you think she thought it was funny to have a baby in a public area? I did not read anything about her finding it hilarious or planning it this way. Are you saying she did this all to get her 15 minutes of fame?

I must say I find it ridiculous that you feel this was staged. So anyone who is pregnant should not ride pubic transportation? Everyone can’t afford to drive so they depend on “public” transportation to get around. So if they have somewhere to go for example a doctor’s appointment regarding her future child, she or any other pregnant woman should find another way? What if another way does not exist?

I am sorry you feel this way but I can’t support such a ridiculous mindset. Next you will tell me that people with any sort of health issue should not ride either as it could cause a scene!

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