EMT who delivered Metro baby: I'm 'never gonna forget those moments'

9:49 AM, Aug 2, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It's a good thing that EMT Autumn Manka has delivered a baby before because she was in the right place, at the right time on Thursday when a mother went into labor on Metro.

"I stepped off the Metro and I heard somebody screaming, and about 10 minutes later I was holding a baby,"  said Autumn Manka on Friday.

A Metro spokesperson said that at 10:30 a.m. Thursday a 23-year-old woman riding on the Green Line train headed toward Greenbelt, Md. went into labor. The spokesperson says that an off-duty EMT, who we now know was Autumn Manka, helped the woman deliver the baby on a platform after the train stopped at L'Enfant Plaza.

New to the area, Manka was out for the day enjoying DC when she was unexpectedly called to duty.

Metro spokesperson Caroline Lukas told us, "The delivery was very, very quick..and thankfully, there was an EMT here who was off-duty, who was able to deliver right here on the platform."

Obviously, it was not the ideal - or cleanest - location to have a baby, but Autumn thought quickly about the mother and baby's safety.

"I wasn't gonna let the baby touch anything but my hands and mom...that was my goal to keep the baby as clean and safe as possible, and to help mom, help her through this," shared Manka.

Sharon Taylor, the woman's mother and baby's grandmother, said, "I am just so thankful to God that it was someone so kind and loving that stepped in and delivered my grandson, and I just thank her, and all blessings for what she did today."

For Autumn Manka, who was looking for more EMT experience, this was certainly a life-changing experience.

"I'm never going to forget...never gonna forget helping her, never gonna forget that baby coming out... [I] thank her for that. [I'm] never gonna forget those moments."

The baby's first gift is a $100 Metro SmartTrip farecard. Mother and healthy baby Amir Mason are doing just fine.


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