Baby delivered by, and named for, cab driver


In late December, 1943, Anna Freed of Pittsburgh went into labor with her eighth child. She called a taxi to take her to the hospital, but by the time the taxi arrived, she was too far along to be driven anywhere.

So taxi driver George W. Lapp — who had served three years in the Army Medical Corps — went ahead and delivered the baby himself.

Anna, George, and baby George

He sterilized some kitchen equipment to use as instruments. Awkwardly but effectively, he performed the duties of a doctor and slapped breath into the baby. When the doctor arrived he said he couldn’t have done any better himself.

Lapp then drove Anna and the 9-pound, 4-ounce baby boy — named George in his honor — to the hospital.


  • “Baby Named for Taxi Driver.” St. Petersburg Times 29 Dec. 1943: 3.
  • “Cabbie Doubles as As Midwife for Birth in Home.” Pittsburgh Press 28 Dec. 1943: 5.

Image: Adapted from Cinema Shooting by Alex Proimos under CC BY 2.0.

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