Giving birth is usually a pretty stressful situation, even if everything goes to plan. After all, it's one of the most momentous occasions of one's life as well as one of the most physically testing. Most of us have the luxury of being surrounded by medical staff who know what they're doing, but one expectant mother found herself in labor on a city bus.
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Michelle Agyei was traveling alone, on her way home in St. Paul when she began to get labor pains. Only 8 months pregnant, Agyei tried to power through the contractions and hide the fact she was hurting, but one gentleman noticed her discomfort and asked if she was okay. Almost as soon as he did so, her waters broke. Passengers on the Route 87 bus rallied to help the terrified mom. One man who had no experience in anything antenatal came up to the back of the bus to help, while another woman called her mother, who conveniently happened to be a midwife, for advice. Moments later and Agyei's son, Andre, was born on the floor of the bus as it rode through the neighborhood close to the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus.
One bystander described the scene as incredible, praising the man who safely delivered the baby before asking for her shoelace to tie the umbilical cord. Michelle was understandably distressed, believing that she was going to die. Luckily, both mama and son came out of the unexpected scenario thriving and happy.
Days before, Agyei (who also has a 3-year-old child) went to the hospital with contractions but was sent home. Thinking it was just a false alarm, she carried on with her week like normal, going back to work at a manufacturing plant that morning. After the safe delivery of the tot, an ambulance arrived and took the mother and her new baby to the hospital where they are recovering.
Without the six other passengers on the bus, the mother-of-two said she didn't know what she would've done. Needless to say, the driver was happy to share why the bus was late with its next passengers.