Woman Gives Birth Mid-Flight with Help from Flight Crew

A Taiwanese woman gave birth 30,000 feet in the air, after she prematurely went into labor on a long-haul flight to Los Angeles. The woman was on a Chinese Airlines flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles International Airport when her water broke.

Flight crew sprang into action, asking passengers with medical qualifications to step forward and help. Fortunately they found a doctor, who was able to assist the woman and flight crew through delivery.

The woman gave birth to a baby girl about 30 minutes before the pilot was able to make an emergency landing in Anchorage.

Both the mother and baby were reported to be in good health, and the plane was able to continue to Los Angeles after a three hour delay.

The cut-off date for expectant mothers on the airline is 32 weeks, which the woman was not yet at with her pregnancy.

The nationality of the child has not yet been established, although the birth happened in U.S. airspace but on board a Chinese aircraft.

One passenger was able to capture the moments just after the birth on camera. They reported that border control agents boarded the plane when it landed, possibly due to concerns that expectant foreign mothers would purposely try to give birth in the United States so that their babies would be granted citizenship.

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//mentalmag.com