Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A Filipino woman was forced to give birth in her car after getting stuck in heavy traffic in Manila, the Philippine capital.

Cheoui de Leon was due to give birth around September 23, but she started having painful contractions on Saturday. De Leon went to her doctor that day and was told her cervix had dilated two centimeters, ABS-CBN News reported.

The doctor advised her to be careful as she could have begun to go into labor. De Leon still continued to have her baby shower despite suffering some pain, but things got worse and she notified her doctor, who advised her to go to the hospital immediately.

De Leon’s fiancé Luis Bernabe drove her to the hospital. However, the couple encountered heavy traffic on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA). De Leon, who already had one child, could feel the baby was about to come out but they were not yet there.

As they made their way to the ramp into the hospital, de Leon’s water broke and she gave birth to a baby girl at 7.30pm in their car.

Staff from the hospital rushed out immediately to assist de Leon and her baby. Mother and daughter survived the drama in good spirits.

The rush-hour birth in Manila was the second baby born in traffic in the Philippines on Saturday, after a boy was delivered on a bus in Victorias City in Negros Occidental in the afternoon.

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