Woman gives birth in back of black cab in West Hampstead

West Hampstead was brought to a standstill last week when a woman gave birth in the back of a taxi.

Traffic in West End Lane ground to a halt last Wednesday (September 14) when a 30-year-old woman went into labour.

The black cab parked up on the busy pavement over the railway bridge at around 7pm and an ambulance was called to help.

Nicola Combe, who was on her way to training at West Hampstead Hockey Club, said she feared the worst when she saw the ambulance outside Nam’s Heel Bar.

The 25-year-old said: “I thought something really bad had happened, but in the end it was something quite nice. It was actually a bit of a relief because I thought there had been an accident.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said the baby had already been born by the time the ambulance and support crew arrived.

He confirmed both mother and baby were well.

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They were taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.