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Police prevented a pregnant woman in labor from crossing the street to get to a nearby hospital yesterday in L.A. because President Barack Obama's motorcade was on the way.
A Twitter user documented the unidentified woman sitting on a bus bench for roughly half an hour, waiting for the president and his entourage to pass through, as she was attended to by another woman in scrubs.
'This woman is in labor but can't get to Cedars[Sinai Medical Center] cuz of Obama!!!,' Carrie Clifford tweeted, along with a photo of the very pregnant-looking woman.
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LA resident Carrie Clifford tweeted this photo of a woman in labor who couldn't get to a nearby hospital because the roads were closed for Obama
The woman had to sit on a bench at a bus stop across the street fro the hospital until the president's motorcade passed
After Obama's entourage cleared the intersection, police sent an ambulance over to check on the woman
After Clifford tweeted photos of the woman, KNBC reporter Robert Kovacik rushed to the scene.
Kovacik talked to a police officer who told him that the LAPD would allow the woman to go to the hospital 'as soon as we can.'
'It looks like the motorcade is coming through right about now, so we’ll be able to open it up for traffic,' he said. 'The first thing we’ll try to get through will be an ambulance.'
An LAPD spokesman confirmed the story to MailOnline on Thursday but said the police did not know the woman was in labor when she first asked to cross the street.
'She didn't tell them she was in labor and gave no indication of urgency,' he said.
'She waited a while before her husband asked how much longer it would be before they could cross. He still did not say she was in labor, just that she needed to go to the hospital.
'Officers requested an ambulance, but a nurse happened to be there so she chatted to her. In the meantime the motorcade passed and she was able to make it over the road to the hospital before the ambulance even arrived.
The police department spokesman said the woman later gave birth from the comfort of the hospital.
'She had her baby and did not give birth on the street or anything like that.'
Snarl up: Many residents of LA were vocal in the criticism of the city being blocked so the president could ride through the city to a fundraiser
Rush hour traffic in LA went from bad to worse during the president's visit
LA residents stuck in traffic expressed their frustration with the president via twitter using #thanksObama, #Obamatraffic and #Obamajam
Clifford, the woman who tweeted the pictures of her, told The Blaze in an interview that she 'felt bad' for the pregnant woman.
'It does happen when Obama comes to L.A. or I’m sure anywhere else. It paralyzes the city, it does make it complicated.
'You can’t do the things you had set out to do because the president is in town,' she said.
Traffic went from bad to worse in Los Angeles yesterday as sections of the metropolitan area were shut down to make way for President Obama.
L.A. residents complained on Twitter that local commutes took upward of two hours because of road closures and traffic jams caused by the president's motorcade.
'I was literally sitting in the same spot on La Brea through 5 red lights then they put up road closures,' a resident named Lilly Cook said in a tweet.
'I'm voting for the Republican next election....If I vote. #Obamatraffic #SorryHillary,' tweeted Anthony Luce.
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted a photo compilation of the traffic jam Obama created near her house with the caption: 'This is what happens when Obama comes to your hood. So much for groceries and dry cleaning #ObamaJam'
Even celebrities were annoyed with traffic created by Obama's motorcade. Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted this photo compilation of the traffic jam Obama created near her house. 'This is what happens when Obama comes to your hood,' she said. 'So much for groceries and dry cleaning #ObamaJam'
Oblivious: Despite widespread complaints about his motorcade clogging up traffic, Obama thought it would be a good idea to make one more stop in L.A. this afternoon
The president made a surprise visit to Canter's Deil. He is pictured here talking about his basketball game with customers