Bronx Woman Gives Birth in Apartment Elevator

The hospital sent them home saying the baby wasn't ready to be delivered, but nurses didn't tell that to the baby

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012  |  Updated 9:58 AM EDT
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Bronx Woman Gives Birth in Apartment Elevator

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A 31-year-old Bronx woman gave birth to a baby girl in her apartment elevator shortly after hospital nurses had told her to return home because it wasn’t time to deliver.

Ninfa Ramirez and soon-to-be father Armando Ortiz rushed to Jacobi Medical Center Sunday evening because Ramirez was experiencing labor pains. Nurses told the couple the baby wasn’t ready yet so they could go home, according to The New York Post.

Moments after Ortiz dropped Ramirez off at their Bronxdale apartment and headed out to run an errand he was summoned back by Ramirez, who told him the baby was coming. They made it to the elevator, but the baby couldn’t wait.

Ortiz and two of his pals delivered Monserrath Ortiz in the elevator on the first floor, reports The Post. He called the nontraditional delivery “a beautiful experience” and the glowing mother told the paper “it was a big surprise.”

Ramirez and her 9-pound, 8-ounce little girl were then taken by ambulance to Jacobi hospital. Ortiz told the Post he doesn’t mind the nurses sent them home; he’s just proud to be a dad.

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