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Barking woman gives birth on the tube

PUBLISHED: 13:35 04 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:04 11 August 2010

Michelle and her new baby boy

Michelle and her new baby boy

HOW MANY times have you heard the phrase – that s one to tell the grandchildren! ? Well Michelle Jenkins will have quite a tale to tell her family after she became the third woman ever to give birth on the London Underground. The 32-year-old from St Ma

HOW MANY times have you heard the phrase - "that's one to tell the grandchildren!"?

Well Michelle Jenkins will have quite a tale to tell her family after she became the third woman ever to give birth on the London Underground.

The 32-year-old from St Mary's on the Gascoigne Estate, Barking, was travelling on the Jubilee line when she unexpectedly went into labour.

She got off the train at London Bridge Station when the contractions started and called for help.

Underground staff rushed to Michelle's aid and took her to a staff room.

One worker called an ambulance but Michelle's little baby boy must have been in quite a hurry because he arrived before the paramedics did!

Three doctors came to help the new mum and her newborn infant after being called by Underground staff via the public address system.

Michelle and her as yet unnamed tot were taken to Royal London Hospital shortly after 2pm on Tuesday May 26.

The little boy is believed to be the first male baby ever born on the tube.

Both mother and child are doing extremely well as this picture, taken by Transport for London, shows.

The POST called with Michelle and her family last week but they declined an interview.

Two other births have taken place in the Underground's long history, on December 19 2008 Julia Kowalska gave birth to baby Jennifer and in 1924 another little girl called Marie Cordery was born at Elephant and Castle station.

A Transport for London spokeswoman said: "A baby boy was born in the staff room at London Bridge Tube station Tuesday May 26 at just after 2pm.

"London Underground staff called an ambulance for a female customer who was experiencing the initial signs of labour.

"Our employees attended to the pregnant woman and made sure she was comfortable while the ambulance arrived.

"Three doctors also came to help with the birth after being called by London Underground staff via the public address system.

"The woman and her healthy new born baby were then taken to hospital at around 2.20pm."

An ambulance spokeswoman said: "We were called to London Bridge Underground station just before 2pm.

"An ambulance crew was sent to the scene and they took a female patient and her baby to Royal London Hospital.


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