Woman gives birth on Dubai-Manila flight
When expectant mothers write a birth plan, delivering a baby at 38,000ft definitely isn’t on the agenda. But that’s exactly what happened to a passenger flying on board a Cebu Pacific flight from Dubai to Manila this week.
According to a Facebook post from a fellow passenger, the woman gave birth to a healthy baby girl while in the air on the way to the Philippines, causing the plane to do an emergency landing in India.
Missy Berberabe Umandal wrote: “The lady started having contractions mid-flight, about five hours in going to the Philippines. She was set to give birth on October, so this came to a surprise, even to her mother who picked her up from Dubai.”
It is understood that the unnamed woman was travelling with her mother. When she went into labour, she was moved to the front of the plane and two nurses who were on board helped to deliver her baby. “We only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier, cute screeches, and it was when we knew the baby was born. Luckily, she only had to push once. Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms (mighty strong, I might say),” she added.
“One of the passengers had a suitcase full of infant clothes and necessities, which could not have come at a better time. The flight attendants took a shelf from the cabinets and filled it with mineral water, which became a makeshift wash basin to clean the baby in. It was immediately decided that an emergency landing in India was necessary to ensure the baby's health, as it was born two months earlier than expected.”
Missy wrote that although the flight was delayed for a long time, there were no complaints and everybody on board felt “blessed”.
Cebu Pacific have not commented on the incident, but according to Emirates 24|7, both mother and baby are doing well.