Woman gives birth to baby in parking lot

BOYLE HEIGHTS James Ernesto Alashon was born early Wednesday morning. He weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces.

He is now resting with his mother, 20-year-old Trinidad Sosa, at White Memorial Hospital in Boyle Heights.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, Sosa was woken up by strong contractions. Within minutes she and the baby's father were out the door and in the car.

"I was telling him to hurry up and get to the hospital. He didn't know which hospital. I told him to go to the nearest one. I told him to just get to the hospital," said Sosa.

But the car ride only seemed to speed up the contractions. Only ten minutes had passed and Sosa knew the baby was ready to come out.

The family pulled over into a parking lot at Olympic and Soto in Boyle Heights and called 911. The paramedics rushed to the scene, but the baby didn't want to wait for them. The little boy was ready and started coming out.

"I was getting more contractions and I was already in a lot of pain. I was pushing and I could feel the head," said Sosa.

Emergency operators told the dad, 24-year-old Roman Alashon, what to do. While she pushed through the contractions, he was able to deliver the baby.

"He got on his knees pulled my pants down and grabbed the baby," said Sosa.

Paramedics arrived on the scene five minutes later. Sosa estimates that her entire delivery lasted just 15 minutes.

This is Trinidad Sosa's second child. Her first child was late and she had to be induced.


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