This is one of those stories that restores my faith in humankind.
Sheera Lowe was eight months pregnant and travelling home to Philly on Amtrak's busy New York to Washington DC line, when she started to feel what she thought were contractions.
The mom to 4-year-old daughter Aaliyah (who thankfully decided to stay with her dad) felt sweaty and crampy and thought maybe her water might have broken, so she made her way to the train's cafe car and approached a stranger. "I think I'm in labor," she reportedly said. "Can you please help me?"
Amtrak employees then cleared the car—except for the stranger, whose name was Christina—and alerted the conductor, who made an unexpected stop at the Aberdeen, MD station, where 18 minutes and just three pushes later, Trinity Christina Stokes was born to cheers of "It's a girl! It's a girl!" from all the Amtrak employees in the car.
Born 8 pounds, 5 ounces, Trinity was wrapped in paper towels and sheets of aluminum foil normally used for hot dogs from the cafe! And yes, her middle name was chosen in honor of the amazing stranger who stuck by Lowe the entire time.
"She wouldn't leave my side in the whole thing," Lowe told the Washington Post. "I'm so happy and so grateful she stayed."
She also admitted she was worried about the way the train passengers would react to an unscheduled stop, but said that when she exited at Aberdeen, they were all standing outside to congratulate her.
"Everybody was so supportive," she said. "It really brought a lot of happiness to my family."