Baby born on commuter train

A baby girl has been born on a train packed full of commuters.

Live updates

  1. National

Train baby witness: 'I heard a lady shout out - it's a girl!'

Commuter Neil Perkins, 22, a recruitment consultant from Maidstone, was sitting close to Miss Banks before she went into labour. He said his "jaw dropped" when he realised she had given birth.

He said:

We got to West Malling and the train stopped. The driver asked for anyone who was a doctor or nurse to make themselves known, and I thought someone had been taken ill.

I jumped off the train and I saw everyone running to the carriage behind us. I called my mate to see if he could pick me up and then the lady started screaming. They were big screams.

I was a bit worried for her, but the driver ran up and said not to worry, someone had just gone into labour.

The lady was screaming quite loudly, and me and a South African lady were saying that the ambulance needs to hurry up.

Then, minutes later, I heard a lady shout out 'It's a girl!' I was just in shock.

As I walked down I could see the mum wrapping the baby in a jumper or something and giving it a cuddle.

It was madness, then the ambulance turned up. It was a really exciting moment. I have never witnessed anything like it.

I hope the girl gets free train tickets for life.


  1. National

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

Father of newborn 'on cloud nine'

The father of a baby girl born on a train packed full of commuters during rush hour has spoken of his joy.

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

"I felt like, 'Oh my God'. It feels like I'm on cloud nine. It's mad. I was present at the birth and witnessed everything.

Everything's fine, they are just waiting for the doctor to do some tests and hopefully mother and baby will be released later."

– Allan Stanley, father

Family 'in shock' over train birth

The grandmother of a baby girl born on a train packed full of commuters during rush-hour said today: "We're all still in shock."

Mari-anne Stanley was travelling home with the unnamed woman who suddenly went into labour on board the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East service last night.

Passengers on board the Southeastern service were asked to move off the train or into a separate carriage as a midwife, nurse and police officer, who were off-duty, came forward to help.

Ms Stanley said the mother gave birth a week early to a "perfectly healthy" 6lb 13oz baby called Phoebe on board - who was greeted with cheers by other passengers.

"The train was stopped at West Malling to let passengers off and I ran off to the driver telling him we needed to not go any further and call an ambulance because she was giving birth.

Mum and child are doing very well. They are expected to be released from hospital today. We would like to thank everybody involved yesterday.

"We'd also like to apologise to all the passengers who were delayed but the circumstances were such that we simply could not go any further."

– Mari-anne Stanley, grandmother

Baby born on rush hour train

A baby girl has been born on a train packed full of commuters. 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.

A spokesman for the company said he did not know who helped deliver the child.He said: "The baby is doing OK and has been named Phoebe. The normal protocol for a medical emergency is for the conductor to administer first aid but it is likely he would have had to put a message out to ask for help."

Passengers took to Twitter to offer congratulations. @thumper--1111, said: "Baby girl just been born on 18:18 Victoria to ashford at west malling. marvelous grats to parents hope all well."But another commuter said: "That's the first good excuse Southeastern have come up with for a delayed train."


Back to top