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"Occupy Baby": Occupy Wall Street Organizer Beka Economopoulos Gives Birth in Back of Cab

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An Occupy Wall Street organizer in Brooklyn gave birth to a baby Tuesday night in a scene caught on videotape by her husband, another Occupy Wall Street activist. Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones were preparing to host an Occupy video meeting at their home in Brooklyn when Economopoulos began having contractions. They soon jumped into a taxi, but only made it two blocks before Economopoulos gave birth in the backseat. The cab driver got out of his car and waved orange flags, directing traffic until two ambulances and six police cars arrived at the scene. Jones videotaped what happened next and posted it on YouTube under the channel name "Occupy Baby." [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: And now we turn to an unrelated but joyous Occupy story. An Occupy Wall Street organizer in Brooklyn—two of them—gave birth to a baby on Tuesday night in a scene caught on videotape, well, by her husband, another Occupy Wall Street activist. Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones were preparing to host an Occupy video meeting at their home in Brooklyn when Beka began having contractions. They soon jumped into a taxi but only made it two blocks before Beka gave birth in the backseat. The cab driver got out of his car at Greenpoint Avenue, waved orange flags, directing traffic until two ambulances and six police cars arrived at the scene. The new father, Jason Jones, videotaped what happened next and posted it on YouTube under the name "OccupyBaby."

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AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to go back and bring you the sound of that moment. We’re going to replay that clip without the music, but with the words that many people would consider a great deal more musical. Again, this is Beka Economopoulos in—after she’s given birth in the taxicab. Her husband, Jason Jones, filmed what happened next.

PARAMEDIC: We’ll go right in the truck.

UNIDENTIFIED: Oh, my god!

JASON JONES: Do you guys have an extra blanket for the mom? Could we just steal a blanket from you guys?

UNIDENTIFIED: Boy or a girl?

JASON JONES: Girl.

UNIDENTIFIED: Nice!

JASON JONES: So, her mom’s name is Beka.

BEKA ECONOMOPOULOS: She’ll be warm if we just do skin to skin.

PARAMEDIC: All right. We’re going to clean this up then. Hmm?

BEKA ECONOMOPOULOS: If you could just do skin to skin, and then put the blanket over her.

JASON JONES: And so, we need a blanket. Do you have sheets, blankets?

Here. I’m in here talking to your daughter. Ready? Here’s your mom.

BEKA ECONOMOPOULOS: I had the baby. I had it a block from the house. My labor lasted about 35 minutes. I had it in the cab a block from the house. I didn’t even push. It just came out.

JASON JONES: Born in the cab.

BEKA ECONOMOPOULOS: Forty-five-minute labor from the start of contractions.

DOCTOR: Congratulations!

BEKA ECONOMOPOULOS: Thank you.

PARAMEDIC: All right. Vitals are stable on everybody.

DOCTOR: You were full term?

BEKA ECONOMOPOULOS: Yep, 38 weeks.

AMY GOODMAN: There you have it. Congratulations to Beka Economopoulos and Jason Jones, proud parents of a baby girl, Mila Amie Economopoulos Jones. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. Back in a minute.

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