We’ve all heard the talk that bookstores need to diversify if they’re going to survive amidst the pressure of online book sales. It’s not enough to have shelves and shelves of books; now stores have to have toys, games, cafes, wifi…but is it time to add “birthing centers” to that list?

Maybe, in the case of one particular Barnes & Noble branch! A pregnant woman was shopping at a Torrance, CA B&N when she went into labor–and apparently the baby was ready for storytime, because he wasn’t interested in waiting till the paramedics could arrive!

Fortunately, mother and baby are both doing fine (although there were dozens of people around, some of them trying to video the event!). No word on whether the baby was issued a loyalty card for future purchases and/or siblings.

(story via The Big Story at