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Girl born on commuter train

A baby girl has been born on a busy commuter train tonight. The Southeastern train was delayed at West Malling in Kent while the infant was delivered on board the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East service. The baby, named Pheobe is "doing OK."

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Mother sent away from hospital before train birth

It emerged that Miss Banks had earlier been seen at Tunbridge Wells Hospital but was sent away as she was not in labour and contractions had not started.

Ms Banks was appropriately assessed at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, was not in labour and no contractions had started.

As is standard practice, she was told to return home and re-attend the hospital once labour had begun. We would always encourage women to return to their home and not to travel further afield than is strictly necessary.

The trust is pleased that a member of its staff, who was in the vicinity at the time, safely delivered baby Phoebe and we would like to pass on our congratulations to the couple.

– Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust spokesperson

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