A Mother Gave Birth To A Healthy Baby On Board An 11-hour, Transatlantic United Flight

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On Sunday, United Flight 997 was halfway across the Atlantic Ocean when the unthinkable occurred.

A passenger went into labor thousands of miles from the plane’s Washington Dulles destination.

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According to BBC Pidgin, the expectant woman was due to give birth in late February, but she started having contractions halfway through the 11-hour journey from Accra, Ghana, to Washington, DC.

The unexpected delivery proceeded successfully, and the baby was born healthy, thanks to the medical specialists on board.

According to the outlet, a Ghanaian physician who practices medicine in the United States set up a maternity unit in the plane’s business class section with the help of a former nurse turned flight attendant and assisted the mother in giving birth to her baby.

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“Our crew was incredible – they acted swiftly, aided the medical specialists onboard, and made sure everyone was safe throughout the flight,” a United Airlines spokeswoman told Insider.

“And we were overjoyed to see the jet land with one extra, quite lovely, customer aboard,” the representative continued.

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When the jet arrived on Sunday morning, paramedics met it and took the mother and her child to a nearby hospital.

A United staffer welcomed the new mother with a balloon and a congrats letter that read, “On behalf of the United team at Washington Dulles, congratulations on your baby boy!” according to a spokesperson for the airline.

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The airline stated on Monday that both the mother and the child are doing fine.

“Except for being at 30,000 feet, the delivery was uneventful,” a United representative told ABC News.

A Delta flight made headlines last May when a woman gave birth while en route to Hawaii. Another woman went into labor in the air in October, giving birth to a baby two weeks before her due date on a flight from Istanbul to Chicago.

Andrea Michelson of Insider spoke with flight attendants about their thorough training and how they plan to respond to any situations, such as births.

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