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A Woman Gave Birth To A Baby Girl On A New York City Crosswalk

Mom and baby are reportedly doing well.

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A woman gave birth in a New York City crosswalk on Feb. 25 when the baby arrived faster than a cab did.

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Polly McCourt had been home on E. 68th St. when she started going into labor. Running downstairs, doorman Anton Rudovic helped her outside and started to hail a cab.

Rudovic helped the expectant mom sit down on the street in front of HSBC bank. "I went downstairs to get a taxi and my water broke, right in the front foyer of the building,” she said.

The baby clearly was ready to get moving, and McCourt gave birth right on the corner of 68th St. and 3rd Ave. at around 4 p.m.

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A crowd of about 40-50 passersby stopped to help, with one woman named Isabelle giving her coat to the brand new mother. The woman's kindness inspired McCourt to dedicate the baby's middle name to her.

"She had to go home without a coat on," McCourt said, adding that her and her husband lost the woman's phone number in the commotion. "We want to be able to contact her and say thanks."

Father Cian McCourt was stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel when he was notified, but arrived at the crosswalk three minutes after his daughter.

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McCourt and her baby, who she named Ila Isabelle McCourt, were rushed to Lenox Hill Hospital, and both were found in good health.

Witnesses posted on social media about the surprising spectacle.

Just walked by 68th and SOMEONE JUST GAVE BIRTH IN THE STREET. YASS.

Matt Carroll@mattrcarroll_

Just walked by 68th and SOMEONE JUST GAVE BIRTH IN THE STREET. YASS.

04:03 PM - 24 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

seriously just saw a woman give birth to a baby on the street

Ares Carter@AresCarterMusic

seriously just saw a woman give birth to a baby on the street

04:05 PM - 24 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I walked down the block and watched someone give birth in the middle of street. New York is weird.

Alex Fitzpatrick@alexleefitz

I walked down the block and watched someone give birth in the middle of street. New York is weird.

04:12 PM - 24 Feb 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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