Birth cab for cutie! Greenpoint mom has baby in taxi

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Beka Economoplis, co-founder of Not an Alternative art space, gave birth to a baby girl on Tuesday in the back seat of a livery cab two blocks from her home.

This birth puts the livery in delivery.

Activist Beka Economopoulos gave birth in the backseat of a cab to a healthy baby girl on Tuesday, two blocks from the Greenpoint home she shares with her husband, Jason Jones.

Economopoulos, founder of the arts collective Not and Alternative and an Occupy Williamsburg participant, was expecting to give birth in two weeks, but she began to have contractions at 5:30 pm at her Newel Street home during a video team meeting with other Occupy protesters.

The demonstrators played the role of doula as best as they could as Economopoulos went into labor.

About 45 minutes later, Jones called a cab — but the taxi never made it to the hospital.

Economopou­los’s husband and a midwife squeezed her hips to help with the pain, but that didn’t work.

“I said, no, don’t squeeze, pull my pants down, there’s a head there,” she said.

The cab driver got out of his car at Greenpoint Avenue and waved orange flags directing traffic until two ambulances and six police cars arrived at the scene.

“I didn’t even push it just came out,” Economopoulos said in a video posted on YouTube titled “Occupy Baby.” “I thought I had a poop and then there was a head. Jason caught the baby!”

Fire Department paramedics cleaned the baby, put Economopoulos on a stretcher, placed her in an ambulance, cut the baby’s umbilical cord, and drove to Bellevue Hospital as Jones filmed the whole thing.

“We had it in the cab,” said Jones. “She’s totally fine. We’re here in the hospital. I caught it in the cab.”

Later that night, Economopoulos posted on her Facebook page, “Well that was unexpected. Baby came 2 wks early, labor was a little more than an hour from start to finish. Jason delivered her in the back of a cab. We only got 2 blocks from the house! Everyone’s healthy and happy. Thx for the well wishes!”

Friends said that the story of their birth is “completely fitting.”

“Anyone who knows Beka, and has seen her in action as an organizer, is not surprised by her amazing calm, aplomb, and lucidity while she does the miraculous,” said Williamsburg resident Cynthia Walker, a fellow parent.

And city Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky offered his blessing.

“There’s something so special about being born in Brooklyn that this beautiful young lady just couldn’t wait to be here!” said Yassky.

The protesting power couple named the baby Mila Amie Economopoulos Jones and are now back in Greenpoint celebrating their new family.

WARNING: This video features content that some viewers may find graphic, including the cutting of an umbilical cord.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.r
Updated 5:30 pm, July 9, 2018
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jinx from bk says:
So I wonder if the backseat of that cab smelled just as bad or worse as Greenpoint on a windy afternoon
Feb. 23, 2012, 3:44 pm
ugggg from sheepshead bay says:
whoever came up with this article's title just killed a litter of puppies somewhere
Feb. 23, 2012, 4:27 pm
jj from brooklyn says:
great headline!
Feb. 23, 2012, 5:21 pm
Danger to Baby says:
She probably did this on purpose. Just Google her. She is a well educated rich ex boarding school Holton Arms ultra left wing nut job.

She definitely loves media attention. She risked the health of her baby to get media attention. Thank god it worked out for the baby.

The biggest joke is the poilce helping her, closing the midtown tunnel when this woman hates the police, hates authority.
Feb. 24, 2012, 6:59 am
mike from GP says:
Wow, Danger. That's pretty mean and uncalled for. How do you sleep at night? Alone, I imagine.
Feb. 24, 2012, 7:28 am
Banker says:
This was a set up. They brought a video crew
over to her house.

She is all over the internet doing videos for
occupy wall street

She could have had baby in her apt with mid wife

Something is not right here.
Feb. 24, 2012, 8:49 am
718 from BK says:
Chill out. Plenty of people get in the news when they have babies in cabs.

A new life was brought into the world, bottom-line. Nicer to see this in the news than to see another fight.

Humanity always trumps politics.
Feb. 24, 2012, 11:55 am
kins from park slope says:
This is seriously disturbing-- this woman is emotionless! And they keep calling the baby "it." Something is really off with this whole scene.
Feb. 24, 2012, 1:53 pm
jamie from clinton hill says:
Danger, Banker and Kins:

Cynical much?

Actually, I know these people personally. And as fantastic as the story sounds. It is 100% legit. She had a very, very fast labor. They were trying to make it to the hospital when they realized to was too late and the baby was coming.
And far from emotionless, they are both lovely people and wonderful parents.
Feb. 24, 2012, 7:13 pm
Megan from Clinton Hill says:
Clear several of you know very little about how birth works. She had an incredibly fast labor - a truly rare and unpredictable event. It was amazing, miraculous and totally worth celebrating. (And no babies were endangered in the making of this video - it is birth. Safe, normal, real). My congrats to the family!
Feb. 24, 2012, 8:18 pm
Patty from Coney says:
I think it was beautiful!!!
March 11, 2012, 12:09 pm

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