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Baby boy born on Washington metro platform

Olivier Knox, Yahoo News
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L'Enfant Plaza D.C. Metro train station entrance. Washington, D.C. 2011. (photo by Jareed via Flickr)

It's a boy! Washington Metro authorities announced via Twitter on Thursday that a 23-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy on the platform of a busy downtown metro stop.

While "L'Enfant" refers to Pierre L'Enfant, the French-born architect who designed the layout of nation's capital, his last name means "the child" in French.


Metro authorities identified the mother as Shavonnte Taylor, 23. They said the baby was named Amir Mason, and weighed in at a healthy 8 pounds 5 ounces. Mother and son were helped by an off-duty emergency medical technician, a woman who happened to be on the same train, according to a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokesman, Philip Stewart.

That’s a note from WMATA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Richard Sarles. It’s not easy to read. It says:

"Congratulations on the birth of your son! I am sure that the delivery did not go exactly as you had imagined, but I hope that our employees and customers who assisted you were a source of support and comfort.

Please accept the enclosed SmarTrip card worth $100 in Metro fare preloaded as our gift.


Richard Sarles"

Some Washingtonians reacted to the initial tweet with practical advice. Mike Madden, editor of the Washington City Paper, noted this on Twitter:

 (His wife works at ACOG).

Other Washingtonians seized on the opportunity to poke light-hearted fun at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. One referred to the way metro riders are charged upon exiting.

Nicely done, but as it happens:

Stewart, told Yahoo News that he did not have a figure for the number of babies born on agency-run metros or buses. But "it has happened before, both on the train and in the station," he said.

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