Uber Driver Helps Deliver Baby After Passenger's Water Breaks in His Backseat
Erica Davidovich and her husband, David, were on the way to the hospital in an Uber, when they gave birth to a son
Just minutes after Erica and Niv Davidovich hopped into the back of their Uber ride on Friday night, a new passenger and member of the family would soon be joining them.
When Erica went into labor last week in Los Angeles, the couple requested an Uber because they did not want to drive on the Jewish Sabbath. Their driver, Raymond Telles, only made it about a mile-and-a-half in his Lexus before Erica screamed, “Call 911!”
Turns out, the baby wasn’t waiting for the hospital.
“I thought, eh, she’s probably just having really bad contractions, she’s not having the baby right now,” Niv Davidovich tells PEOPLE. “Then she said she thinks the head’s coming out, I said, eh. Then I looked down and she was right—the baby’s head was coming out.”
Telles pulled in front of a grocery store in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sherman Oaks, and stayed on the phone with 911 as Erica gave birth in his backseat. “I was scared, but at the same time, instinct takes over,” Niv explains. “You get down to business and you got to do what you got to do to make sure it all happens.”
Paramedics arrived a short time later and took Erica and her newborn to the hospital.
Erica and her son, who weighed 6 pounds, 12.5 ounces, were transported to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, according to ABC News. Their new addition joins the couple’s three daughters, Chana, 5, Rivka, 3 and Elisheva, 1.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever seen what happens when a baby comes out, but [Telles’] seat was wrecked,” Niv says while letting out a little chuckle.
“I think he was all part of the miraculous evening,” he continues, “because I can certainly imagine that if I showed up in a car and two-and-a half-minutes later we’re in the middle of this maelstrom, there are certainly a lot of people who would be less calm and less accommodating. He was super chill, and I was very appreciative.”
In a Facebook post, the LA Fire Department named Telles as the “primary assist” in the successful delivery.
“We are thankful and thrilled that Erica and her new baby are happy and healthy!” Uber said in a statement to PEOPLE. “We are also grateful for the quick acting driver-partner whose calm and steady actions helped safely deliver a beautiful baby boy.”
As for their son’s name, Niv says they are not sharing it for religious religions. But that hasn’t stopped people from giving their own suggestions, such as naming the baby Lexus or Uber. “That would be funny,” he says, “but I think we’re going to opt for something different.”