Unaware She Was Pregnant, Woman Gives Birth on Sidewalk

Mother and baby are both in good health
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2017 8:07 AM CDT
Unaware She Was Pregnant, Woman Gives Birth on Sidewalk
A newborn who managed to be born in a hospital is shown in this 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Christine Harvey, a mother of two in Malden, Mass., was in so much pain that she went outside her apartment complex to meet a friend for a ride to the hospital. That's where, moments later on the sidewalk, she gave birth to the baby she didn't even know she was carrying, reports MassLive. Neighbors called 911, and EMTs arrived to find a 6-pound 6-ounce infant in her mother's arms.

"She was holding something really small and there was a lot of blood," her boyfriend, Doug Rogers, tells WCVB. "I held her. I was like, 'Huh?' But she's gorgeous." He adds that Harvey is shocked, but both she and their daughter are in good health. A neighbor says the baby was so small she looked like a doll. Just a few hours into the baby girl's life, neighbors and friends were already helping the unexpected parents collect nursery and clothing items. (Swedish midwives are educating women on how to give birth in a car.)

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