We've heard of babies being born before the mom arrives at the hospital, but a baby born on a plane is a new one on us.
As a mom-to-be ventures deeper and deeper into her pregnancy, she will likely start to piece together her perfect birthing plan. Whether she wants to deliver the baby at home or in a medical facility. What drugs she wants to be administered during the process, if any. Trouble is, when that baby comes, it will care very little about what you had planned for its arrival.
If there are complications, a home birth will become one that takes place in a hospital. If the little one arrives a lot faster than anyone was expecting, the opposite could well occur. That could also result in a baby being born on the way to the hospital. As you can imagine, babies being born in cars or on the side of the road in-transit to where the mom was headed is actually pretty common.
However, a baby being born on a plane is a new one on us. That happened to new mom Jade Smith of Bourke, Australia. Due to the lack of maternity services in her town, when Jade went into labor, the NSW Ambulance fixed-wing aircraft was called to her home to transfer her to Dubbo reports Yahoo. That's about a 75-mile trip.
A little more than halfway into the flight, 24 minutes to be exact, Jade began involuntary pushing. The baby was coming and there was nothing anyone on board was going to be able to do to stop her. 15 minutes later, with the help of the flight nurse and an onboard midwife, Jade's new daughter arrived happy and healthy.
Despite being a midwife for 23 years and transporting other moms in labor by plane, this was the first time Lynnette Heagney ever helped deliver a baby in the air. There's also the issue of declaring where the little one's place of birth was. Since the aircraft was almost 15,000 feet in the air and traveling at more than 300mph, an exact birthplace is understandably hard to pinpoint.