Baby boy born in taxi cab

April 22, 2011 4:05:45 AM PDT
A woman gave birth in a taxi cab in Manhattan Wednesday night.

Born in the heart of New York's theater row, seven and half pound Finn Murray-Sweeney made his much anticipated debut before the news cameras at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital on the West Side.

Born in the back of a car service sedan, is not exactly the way domestic partners Even Sweeney and Inez Murray had hoped their boy would enter the world, but he had other plans.

"I was just thinking how do you keep this baby inside me," said Even Sweeney, the mother.

Sweeney's contractions began at 6 p.m. Thursday and when Murray called for a car to take them from Brooklyn to their West Side hospital she already suspected they might not make it.

As they struggled to get through rush hour traffic, the baby made his move.

"She pushed, head came out, he gasped," said Inez Murray, parent.

When they got to 7th Avenue and 51st Street Finn was already born, right outside the doors to the show "Mama Mia".

"I was screaming much louder than a "Mama Mia," Sweeney said.

Paramedics arrived seconds later and when the baby was moved to the ambulance, the crowd erupted in applause.