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Metro Baby Amir Mason and mom Shavonnte Taylor head home

5:21 PM, Aug 3, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) -- He's affectionately known as the 'Metro Baby.'

His 23-year-old mother went into labor earlier this week, giving birth on the platform at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop.

Saturday afternoon both mom and son were discharged from George Washington University Hospital.

Mom and baby are taking another exciting ride, this time they're going home.

Shavonnte Taylor said, "I feel happy he's healthy. I feel blessed."

Shavonnte Taylor began the unsuspecting delivery on the Metro train when she felt contractions Thursday morning.

"I was on my way to the doctor's appointment. I thought I would be able to make it up here, by the time we got to L'Enfant, he just came. As soon as I stepped foot off the green line train, I knew I couldn't go any further."

Within 10 minutes of barely getting off the train, and several strong contractions, baby Amir entered the world two and a half weeks early.

"I felt I was the only one who got off the train, I had another strong contraction, I held onto the wall. I remember an older woman got help and another woman who helped me deliver. My next contraction I was on my knees and she laid me down. The next one, he was here."

It was off duty EMT Autumn Manka who helped deliver Amir.

"I'm very grateful she was there," said his mother.

Apparently this is not Taylor's first surprise delivery.

Marshay Whitaker, the baby's godmother said, "her second daughter, she had her in the bathroom. She basically pulled her out, she and her mom so it's like she delivered her own baby."

Baby Amir spent a little time in the neo-natal unit and doctors thought he'd have to stay a few more days at the hospital. But after getting the all clear Thursday, mom is happy. After the wild ride they've been on, they are going home together.

As for any homage to Metro or L'Enfant, the baby's godmother, who helped name Amir, says it's not changing.

"I'm getting asked all the time, is that the metro baby? Is that the metro baby? Yes it's Amir."

This is the mother's fourth baby and she says it will be her last. Taylor is a teacher's aid within D.C. Public Schools.

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