Baby Born in Traffic Jam Near Snowbound Jerusalem

The girl was delivered by an off-duty member of Israel’s Zaka rescue service. A midwife caught in the jam helped out.

Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

A baby girl was born Monday on an Israeli roadway racked by the storm that dumped more than a foot of snow on Jerusalem.

The baby was delivered by an off-duty member of the Zaka rescue organization, who happened to be driving to work in a traffic jam on Route 443 near the capital. It was the mother’s 14th child.

The Zaka volunteer heard the 40-year-old father calling for help; he then took his medical-equipment bag to the car and convinced the driver of a nearby station wagon to make room for the mother. A midwife in the traffic jam helped out and the girl was born in a matter of minutes.

“We folded the seats down in the back and I started a full birth, while I alerted the Zaka call center, which ordered an ambulance,” said the Zaka volunteer, Aharon Pomp. “It was a very moving moment when I gave the baby girl to the mother. The mother told me she never thought birth number 14 would be in a car.”

About an hour later mother and daughter were taken by ambulance to the hospital. Both are doing well.

Snow in Israel: Ultra-Orthodox Israelis march up Route 1 to Jerusalem after their car got stuck on the highway, Dec. 2013Credit: Michal Levant
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