Woman goes into labor on the Red Line

December 27, 2012

Metro officials said a Red Line passenger apparently went into labor shortly before 5:30 p.m. Thursday.  The train, bound for Grovesnor-Strathmore, pulled into the Gallery Place station and Metro Transit police and emergency medical personnel were summoned.

Station managers at Gallery Place made announcements enlisting the assistance of any physicians or other medical personnel who happened to be in the station.
When a D.C. emergency medical team arrived, the woman — who was described as being in her early 20s and who was believed to be traveling by herself on the train — was sitting in the first row of seats on a rail car.

Her water had broken and she was “in labor, but stable,” according to Dan Stessel, Metro’s chief spokesman.

Passengers aboard the train were offloaded at Gallery Place. But word of the woman in labor quickly spread via social media. As passengers on a train on the other track pulled into the station, they asked how she was doing and if she had given birth.

By 5:45 p.m., the woman was transported to George Washington Hospital, Stessel said.

The incident caused delays of between 15 to 20 minutes in both directions on the Red Line.

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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