Woman gives birth on Sukhumvit
- Published: 23/01/2013 at 05:02 PM
- Online news:
Volunteers helped a woman give birth when she went into labour on a busy Bangkok street – with the moment filmed by a passing journalist on his iPhone.
The woman, in her late teens, was walking along Sukhumvit Soi 71 on Tuesday morning when she went into labour.
Local motorcycle taxi drivers and passersby helped the woman deliver a baby girl at a shed in front of Jusco supermarket before medics arrived at the scene.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Kestenholz.
Both mother and baby were reported to be in good condition.
Daniel Kestenholz, a Swiss journalist based in Bangkok, noticed the crowd as he walked towards the Phra Khanong BTS skytrain station and captured the scene with his smartphone.
"I saw people gathering and thought it was an accident. The young woman was already lying on a bench and people took care of her," he said.
Volunteers helped comfort the teenage mother before professional help arrived.
"The birth of my son was a little different,” said Mr Kestenholz.
“Everything seemed peaceful. It was strange but giving birth there on the sidewalk along a busy road looked like the most natural thing in the world. When the baby girl screamed for the first time, bystanders cheered. It gave me the chills!"
Emergency births in unusual places are not uncommon in Bangkok. The city’s notorious traffic jams encouraged the Royal Traffic Police Project to establish a police midwives special unit in 1993 to help expectant mothers stranded in traffic.
Traffic police officers are trained in midwife skills at Bangkok Hospital and the unit has helped deliver more than 100 roadside births since it was established.
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