Mom gives birth on station deck

Cape Town CBD station deck
A mom travelling to hospital for her check-up got no further than the station deck taxi interchange when her baby girl decided to make an entrance. 

The woman, 36, from Dunoon, who declined to be named, was on her way to Somerset Hospital on the morning of Wednesday September 9. By the time she reached the deck, her water had broken and her labour pains were strong.

She approached a security guard and asked for help. The guard took her to the guardroom and called an ambulance. 

While waiting for the ambulance, the woman went into labour.

Security operations staff immediately sprang into action. They made the woman comfortable on blankets, cleared the room and the guards helped her give birth.

She delivered a healthy baby girl at 9:13am.

The ambulance later arrived and took the mom and newborn to Somerset Hospital.

“Stories like this warm my heart. Babies always bring joy. I really want to commend the officers for going beyond the call of duty in delivering this baby and for staying calm when they faced this very unusual situation. They turned a simple guard room into a maternity ward within a few minutes. I am happy that both the mother and baby are safe and wish them all the best for the future,” said mayoral committee member for transport, Felicity Purchase.