A Brooklyn woman who gave birth at the mouth of the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City early this morning is resting comfortably with her healthy daughter at the Jersey City Medical Center.
The hospital staff has suggested the mother name the child “Holly,” with the tunnel as her namesake.
“I was very worried and it was a good thing that Port Authority police officers got there on time,” said the mother, Ying Chen, resting with her 5-pound, 15-ounce daughter at her side this afternoon and speaking Mandarin Chinese translated by her nurse, Chi-Yuan Chang.
“The only thing I was thinking about was that my baby would be born safely,” said Chen, who was returning from visiting a cousin in Philadelphia with the baby’s father, Kai Tang, when she gave birth.
The pair had intended to take a bus home from Philadelphia, but Chen went into labor during the night so a relative decided to drive them. They were trying to make it to a New York City hospital but got stuck in rush hour traffic and the baby had different plans.
They pulled over near the tolls and gestured for help to a Port Authority police officer.
Port Authority Police Officers Luis Alvarado and Catherine Prior responded, began first aid and requested an ambulance. Officer Matthew Smith, a certified EMT, helped deliver the baby in the back seat of the car. The mother and daughter were then taken by ambulance to the Medical Center, Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo said.
Tang is a chef at a restaurant in New York and the couple also have an 11-month-old son. Chen is doing well and is expected to be released in a couple of days.