A baby born in Barnes & Noble is happy and healthy after giving his mom no choice but to deliver right in the LA store. On Oct. 19, ABC News reported that a woman went into labor at the Barnes & Noble at the Del Amo Fashion Center. When paramedics arrived, they needed to decide if moving the woman into an ambulance and getting her to a hospital -- but the baby had his own plan.
"The baby made that decision for them. They went ahead and delivered a healthy baby boy," said Torrance Fire Department Capt. Steve Deuel.
The baby born in Barnes & Noble had quite the audience -- something that most women don't appreciate when they are giving birth. Nonetheless, about 20 people gathered around and some even tried to snap pictures on the camera phones. Paramedics grabbed a cloth to put up to try to give the mom-to-be some privacy and the baby arrived shortly thereafter.
"That is a really awkward event to do in public. At the same time it's a really tender moment, and I think everybody wanted to share that," said the store's manager, Marchelle Hughes. After the event, the store was cleaned up and things went back to business as usual.
If the baby born in Barnes & Noble has a cool "book-related" name (like Charles after Charles Dickens or Mark after Mark Twain) that would totally make this story come full circle. The baby and his mother were transferred to a local hospital and are both said to be doing well.
© Effie Orfanides 2013