News NYPD helps deliver baby on FDR Drive in Manhattan A baby girl was born on FDR Drive Tuesday morning, police said, as several detectives helped deliver her inside a car on the shoulder. Photo Credit: NYPD Special Ops via Twitter By Alison Fox email@example.com @AlisonFox Updated January 26, 2016 1:07 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email A baby girl was born on FDR Drive Tuesday morning, police said, as several detectives combined to help deliver her inside a car on the shoulder. Her 39-year-old mother was on her way to the hospital just before 7:50 a.m. but the little girl, named Nicola, didn’t feel like waiting. “There was a wonderful reason for this morning’s FDR traffic!” the NYPD tweeted. “Say hi to Nicola Wong, safely delivered by NYPD cops.” Det. Michael Sharpe, part of the collision investigation squad, was on his way to traffic court when he got a call saying a woman was in labor on the busy highway “right now,” police said. But when he got to 20th Street, where the 911 dispatcher told him to go, she was nowhere to be seen. Sharpe drove north, police said, and finally saw her gold Subaru Forrester parked on the shoulder near 47th Street. When he opened the passenger door, little Nicola’s head was already crowning. He jumped into action and helped the woman give birth as he waited for more officers to help. Highway Unit officers then arrived to clear the baby’s airway. Emergency Services Unit Det. Robert Mirsield and his partner, Det. Joe Conway, cut the umbilical cord and assisted with liquid suction, police said. They then flagged down an ambulance on the highway, which took mom and baby to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “Happy Birthday Nicola W!” the department’s Special Operations Division tweeted. “7lbs 6oz.” By Alison Fox firstname.lastname@example.org @AlisonFox Alison covers law enforcement and breaking news. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.