A routine evening commute from London to Kent, England, took a turn for the eventful yesterday when a passenger went into labour.
The train was delayed as good Samaritans, an off-duty midwife, nurse and police officer, came to the woman's aid.
Train conductor Colin Brooker told the Telegraph, "We had everyone we needed right there on the train. We were only missing a vicar to baptise the baby."
After a labour that lasted just 15 minutes, Sonia Banks, 22, gave birth on the train one week early to a "perfectly healthy" 6-pound, 13-ounce baby girl. Her boyfriend, Allan Stanley, and his mother, Mari-anne Stanley, were traveling with her and witnessed the birth.
Passengers erupted into cheers and applause at the news of the safe delivery. Some even tweeted their congratulations.
"The baby is doing OK and has been named Phoebe," a spokesman for Southeastern, the rail company, said, adding that the transportation firm would be sending the new mom flowers.
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