BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A hard and fast labor causes one Baltimore woman to race to the hospital in a cab. It happened during the Ravens’ Monday night victory over the Lions.
As Gigi Barnett explains, the baby now has a winning name.
For months, Lanice Holmes debated over the name of her little girl. She liked Chloe. Ezell was also an option.
And then, on Monday night during the Ravens battle with the Lions, Holmes’ baby girl suddenly wanted out.
“We’re definitely Ravens fans. I wasn’t thinking about the Ravens. I didn’t even know they had a game,” Holmes said.
Holmes called a cab. The driver panicked because contractions were two minutes apart.
“Oh my gosh, he was really freaking out. He was like, ‘Man, I can’t be stuck in this cab with you and a baby. Oh man, we’ve got to get to a hospital,'” she said.
Minutes later, the driver pulled up to Mercy Medical Center. But Holmes and her baby girl could wait no longer.
“I was like, ‘Ah!’ ‘Cause it just was a push, like, initially coming through was where the pain came. And she was just there, like, right away,” said Holmes.
Right there in the cab, Holmes met her baby girl. Nurses asked for a name, but mom hadn’t decided, so they gave their newest little patient a nickname–Raven.
“She said, ‘Well, you arrived in a purple taxi, the scarves you wrapped her up in were purple and the Ravens won that night.’ I said, ‘I think I like that.’ It just was so fitting. It was just so fitting,” she said.
While Raven’s journey into the world came very quickly, the hospital says it was prepared for her. It often does drills to make sure doctors can give proper care to mom and baby.
Baby Raven had to spend a few nights in the NICU to make sure she was OK. She went home Friday afternoon. Mom and baby are doing well.
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