Last updated: 01:30 PM ET, Mon January 18 2016

Woman Gives Birth to Child on Queen Mary 2

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | January 18, 2016

Woman Gives Birth to Child on Queen Mary 2

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When it docked on Sunday in Brooklyn, The Queen Mary 2 found itself with an extra passenger - a baby boy born Saturday night during the ship's voyage..

According to C.J. Sullivan and G. N. Miller of the New York Post, the Queen Mary 2 had almost completed its transatlantic voyage from Southhampton, England, to New York when a German passenger reported that her water had broken.

A doctor on the ship acted quickly and helped deliver the baby boy who was subsequently named Benjamin Brooklyn. The woman—whose identity was only revealed as Johanna—was rushed to New York Methodist Hospital along with her new baby after the ship arrived at the Red Hook Cruise Terminal at around 6 a.m. local time on Sunday morning.

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Johanna told the New York Post, “I am doing well, and the baby is incredibly healthy. I am also thankful how good the people of New York were to us.”

Benjamin was born three weeks ahead of his scheduled due date, and becomes his mother’s third child. The boy’s uncle, who was also on the cruise ship during the delivery, said, “[The child] was born in American territory — so that makes him an American boy.”

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The original plan for the woman was to travel to Canada next with her husband and brother, but the family will likely stay in New York to make sure mother and child are healthy and strong before departing.


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