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Woman Gives Birth Aboard Delta Flight

Sun May 27, 2007 8:06 am

Pretty amazing. I don't think the woman should have been flying at such a late stage in pregnancy. As the article states, some airlines require a doctor's authorization to fly at such a late term.
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RE: Woman Gives Birth Aboard Delta Flight

Sun May 27, 2007 8:17 am

Did the kid come out while the plane was on the ramp? If so, does that make him an American Citizen or does just the fact they were flying over the U.S. of A. make him a citizen?
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RE: Woman Gives Birth Aboard Delta Flight

Sun May 27, 2007 10:23 am

There is an article in todays (Sunday 27th May) Melbourne Sunday Herald Sun about a lady that gave birth aboard a Lan Chile flight between AKL-SCL... luckily a doctor was onboard.

You are right, it is a bit naughty to be putting yourself and the baby in danger and placing the crew and airline in that position by flying if you are about to pop.
It's a bit hard for the check-in staff to police in a PC fashion though......

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RE: Woman Gives Birth Aboard Delta Flight

Mon May 28, 2007 1:40 am

Airlines seem to have somewhat different rules as regards air travel during late pregnancy. Many require a medical certificate during the last four weeks in other words from the 36th week. For transatlantic flights some have requested a certificate after 32 weeks.
In the first case, the pregnancy was said to have been between 32 and 36 weeks. Given that the doctors on board had to resuscitate the baby I suspect that she was nearer 32 weeks. The other delivery on LANChile over the Pacific was a breech delivery perhaps even a foot presentation. Most breech presentations are today delivered with a caesarean section always if a foot presentation is seen. Both were clearly high risk situations but fortunately the outcome was favorable.
I tried to check what obstetric equipment the medical kit contains and found little else than the umbilical cord clamps. One might wish to add medicines for that contract the uterus and can both prevent and treat severe hemorrhage after delivery as well ventilation masks, intubation tubes etc for the newborn. Of course you can never be sure if there's competent medical personnel on board but if there is some small tools and drugs can be lifesaving.

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