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{{Exactly What It Says on the Tin}}: a baby is born while the mother is stuck in a [[ElevatorFailure stalled elevator]] (births in the vehicle en route to the hospital also count towards this trope). Probably the most [[UncomfortableElevatorMoment uncomfortable of elevator moments]]. A classic SitCom scenario, especially when the baby has to be [[DeliveryGuy delivered by a squeamish and totally unqualified male lead]]. Cue the inevitable {{Crowning Moment of Heartwarming}}.

A type of MaternityCrisis. See also {{Locked in a Freezer}}, InstantBirthJustAddWater, and ScreamingBirth.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'', Kahlua a.k.a. Pyoro-2 was born in an elevator. [[TheHero The male lead]] is initially tasked with handling the delivery, but he manages to hand it over to his love-interest fairly quickly.
* Fairly narrowly averted in the very beginning of ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''. The scene (a warm conversation about baby names in the back of a taxi) is given without a shred of context; we work out who the principle players were in subsequent episodes, and see the scene again, de-blurred and with a lot more context, a long while later in a flashback episode.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'', Joe and Marcy's first child, Sunny, was born in a car on the way to the hospital. When their second child, Jojo, was about to be born, Joe was frequently worried about it happening again. They did, however, make on time to the hospital that time around.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This happens in the movie ''Film/{{Blankman}}''.
* Averted but referenced in ''Film/DieHard''. After Hans and his crew have taken the Nakatomi office workers hostage, Holly [[strike:[=McClane=]]] Genaro tells him one of them is pregnant. Hans immediately rolls his eyes, expecting this to take place before Holly tells him she's not due for a couple of weeks, but that she need something more comfortable than the floor to sit at. [[AffablyEvil Hans agrees]], and has his mooks move a couch from the lobby to the main hall.
* The going into labor in a taxi version is used in ''Film/LookWhosTalking.'' (The taxi driver sticks around and the mother, who has broken things off with the baby's father, eventually falls in love with him.)
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' has this with an alien giving birth to a squidlike baby in a car, starring Agent Jay as DeliveryGuy.
* In ''Film/ToCatchAThief'', Francie says she was born in a taxi on the way to the hospital.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Lucy and Kevin's daughter Savannah on ''Series/SeventhHeaven''.
* Happened in ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' with Mr. Belding's wife.
* Fran went into labor in a broken elevator in ''Series/TheNanny'', but they got her out in time for her to deliver in a hospital.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': {{Lampshaded}} by Hal at one point. He saves a pigeon caught in plastic packaging at the side of the road, and says, "Well, I wanted to deliver a baby in the back of a taxi, but..."
* This happens in ''Series/{{The Suite Life of Zack and Cody}}'', where the baby is born in The Tipton's elevator to a mother called Mary and a father called Joseph at Christmas. The theme was broken by the baby being a girl.
* Occurred in ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'', with Jack delivering Phyllis's baby girl (the father was Nick).
* Happened in ''Series/EarlyEdition''. The paper shows that Chuck will deliver a baby in a cab. After he offends the mother, the paper changes to saying he will deliver a baby in an elevator. Chuck wants no part of it and plans to hide out in his apartment for the rest of the day, but winds up getting in the elevator with the pregnant woman, the power goes off and they wind up trapped. Chuck, unfortunately, has a weak stomach and passes out. Gary goes down the elevator shaft, delivers the baby and leaves, leaving Chuck with the lady and her baby when the elevator doors finally open after everything gets working, making Chuck look like the hero.
* ''Series/NightCourt''. When Public Defender Christine Sullivan is pregnant but insists on working regardless, the others plan "Operation Stork" -- a ridiculous CrazyPrepared scenario should she suddenly go into labor. Unfortunately they forgot to include the elevator in their preparations.
* Denise on ''Series/{{Benson}}''.
* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'': Vinnie has to deliver his French teacher's baby in an elevator.
* An ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode has Archie getting stuck in an elevator with several people, including -- yes -- a pregnant woman who goes into labor.
** Gloria manages to get stuck in a phone booth after calling the doctor to say she's in labor. They get her out to go to the hospital though.
* Alluded to in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' when a misfiring security system put the entire city in lockdown, locking in Sheppard and visibly pregnant Teyla alone in the lab.
-->'''Sheppard:''' ''(glances nervously at Teyla)''\\
'''Teyla:''' What?\\
'''Sheppard:''' Sorry, it's just that when something like this happens in the movies, the pregnant lady goes into labor. \\
'''Teyla:''' I am still a long way from my due date. \\
'''Sheppard:''' Yeah, it's the same thing in the movies and then, wham.
* The 'giving birth in a taxi' variation happens in an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. However, in something of a variation it's the taxi driver's baby, not a passengers. Also, the two highly educated persons who [[NotThatKindOfDoctor added a doctor]] in front of their names were useless, while the retired police officer helped her through the crisis.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Alex Russo was reportedly born in a taxi.
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Billie goes into labor on the hospital's broken elevator (during Earl's coma dream). Earl has to help her...and he is proudly holding a healthy baby boy afterwards in the dream.
* ''Series/HomeImprovement'' had a variation on this. Heidi goes into labor while she, Tim and Jill are driving through the middle of nowhere to go to an awards dinner and she gives birth in a roadside gas station. Tim becomes the DeliveryGuy.
* Mrs. Kotter does this on ''Series/WelcomeBackKotter.''
* Averted on ''Series/KungFu: The Legend Continues'' when an elevator is stuck between floors with a visibly pregnant woman, a jerk, and Kermit Griffin, a tough guy. The woman gets upset, the jerk is rude to her, and Griffin threatens him for being rude. All are rescued, and the woman does not go into labor.
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' features a quite cruel variation: after the baby is born, the mother refuses to look at it and demands it be taken away.
* Happens to Series/{{ALF}} of all creatures during his ChristmasEpisode, with [[DeliveryGuy him making the delivery]] and suggesting the name of a newly-deceased little girl he met earlier for the baby. Yes, even ALF gets a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming on Christmas, too.
* ''Series/PunkyBrewster:'' in an episode where Punky breaks her leg and Cherie feels guilty about it, at the hospital Cherie is in a stalled elevator with an expectant mother who is going into labor. Cherie helps with the delivery.
* A ''{{Series/MASH}}'' episode has Hawkeye helping a pregnant Korean woman deliver (with no help from a squeamish Radar) while aboard a bus en route from her village to the 4077th.
* The "birth in a vehicle" variation happens in the season three finale of ''Series/SavingHope.'' [[spoiler: Alex]] sits her surgical boards while in labor, then gives birth in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, assisted by Maggie.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* This trope is alluded to in ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' where a taxi driver is asked to take an expecting woman to the hospital. (However, regardless of whether he succeeds or not, she does not give birth in the taxi.)
* A variation happens in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', where Martha gives birth in a ''tank'' at the end of the battle in Chapter 2.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Bobby amuses himself by pressing the buttons for every floor inside an elevator, then gets bored and leaves. A few seconds later, a man and a doctor wheel a birthing woman into the elevator. The door closes. Ding... Ding... "WAAAH!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer gets trapped in an elevator with a pregnant woman named Gretchen, who goes into labor and Homer delivers her baby.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* TruthInTelevision: Actor Creator/JackLemmon was born in an elevator.
* In 2013, a woman gave birth on a packed (until they emptied it at the nearest station, anyway) commuter train at rush hour. The train did sit at the station for an hour, though suggesting that this was only a 'sudden' birth relative to the norm.