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'Train baby' Phoebe doing well

Kent, West Malling, Southeastern
Proud dad, Allan Stanley, with mum, Sonia Banks and baby Phoebe Credit: Invicta Kent Media

The father of a baby girl born on a train packed full of commuters during rush hour in Kent has said: "It feels like I'm on cloud nine."

Allan Stanley, 21, was travelling back to his mother's home with her and his partner Sonia Banks, 22, when the contractions started.

Moments later, on Thursday night's 18:18 London to Kent train, Miss Banks gave birth to a "perfectly healthy" 6lb 13oz baby called Phoebe.

Passengers delight at early arrival

A woman has given birth to a baby girl on a packed Kent commuter train.

Sonia Banks, 22, was on the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East when the contractions began.

The Southeastern train driver put out a plea for help and luckily a midwife, nurse and off-duty police officer were fellow travellers and helped with the delivery.

Baby Phoebe was a fighting-fit 6ib 13oz and mum and daughter are doing well in hospital.

We speak to passenger Sophia Looney who was on the train and commuters at West Malling, the station where the ambulance picked up Sonia and Phoebe.


Second train baby for Southeastern

The baby girl born on a Kent commuter train last night is the second to enter the world on a Southeastern service, says company spokeswoman Sarah Boundy, "We're delighted mother and daughter are doing fine and we will send them flowers as soon as possible."

In 2001 Hayley Sheen from Chatham, who was seven months pregnant, unexpectedly went into labour on a train. Just minutes later little Chelsea was born on the Hastings line between Appledore and Ashford. She was two months premature and weighed just 3lbs 5oz.

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