ABERDEEN, Md. — After an expectant mother started having contractions, the Amtrak train she was on had to make an unexpected stop for an unexpected delivery.
On Saturday, Sheera Lowe boarded an Amtrak train bound for New York. She had been visiting her husband in Kannapolis, North Carolina because he was assigned out-of-state for work.
Her water already broke, and was trying to get back to her hometown of Philadelphia to deliver the baby, according to Aberdeen Sergeant William Reiber.
After leaving Penn Station in Baltimore, she began going into labor, even though her baby was due on March 4.
She knew that the baby wouldn’t wait so the train made an unscheduled stop at the Aberdeen Amtrak station at 5:43 p.m.
Police, along with Aberdeen Fire Department Paramedic and EMT were waiting there, prepared to help Lowe deliver the baby.
The conductor and a good Samaritan comforted Lowe before she could get help delivering the baby.
Less than 20 minutes after arriving in Aberdeen, Trinity Christina Stokes was born at 6:01 p.m. inside the train’s dining car.
She weighed a healthy 8 pounds 5 ounces. Tiffany middle name, by the way, is the first name of the good Samaritan who helped bring her into the world.
After the baby was born, mother and daughter were taken to University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center to rest comfortably.
“Her greatest fear was to have a baby,” Reiber said. “But the care and compassion of the people involved were so overwhelming — not only for her, but for the responding personnel.”