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Baby born in street

A woman trying to walk to a maternity hospital gave birth to a baby in the middle of the street in Lausanne on Tuesday morning.

This content was published on August 17, 2010 - 21:19

The woman, who was accompanied by two children, was heard by a passer-by screaming into her mobile for a taxi. He summoned an ambulance, but the baby was born before it could arrive.

Local residents brought coats and blankets to help mother and child, while the first passer-by took care of two older children.

A spokesman for the Lausanne teaching hospital where the mother and baby were taken, told the local 24 Heures newspaper that both were doing well.

“The mother is a bit shocked, and she feels rather ashamed of what happened to her in public,” the spokesman added.

“In 20 years of experience, I’ve never seen anything like it,” the paper quoted the head of the obstetrics unit as saying.

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