It’s a Good Day to Give Birth – On a Plane?
A passenger on a flight from Siberia to Armenia shocked the entire crew when she gave birth midflight. Armina Babayan, who claimed to be 6 ½ months pregnant during check-in but was obviously further along than she admitted, went into labor during the flight and Asmik Gevondyan, a flight attendant, organized the delivery.
To honor the flight attendant for exceptional service under stress, the new mother named her baby Asmik, after the flight attendant who helped deliver her sweet baby into the world. That’s one way to get someone to name their child after you.
It’s not clear why Ms. Babayan lied about how far along she was in the pregnancy though I would assume it had something to do with the fact that she felt that she needed to be in Armenia and not Siberia. Doctors recommend that you don’t fly after 35 weeks. Depending on the airline, pregnant women could be required to have a doctor’s release anytime they fly within the last month of pregnancy.
Maybe Ms. Babayan really needed to get out of Siberia? Maybe she really needed to get to Armenia? Or maybe she really didn’t think she was in danger of going into labor? Either way, I’d say she’s learned her lesson. Thankfully, Mommy and baby Asmik are both doing fine and safely on the ground.
Personally, I would have never chanced it for the very reason that I’m sure Ms. Babayan will never again fly in her last trimester – for the sheer fear of giving birth in the sky. I’m a worrier and I would have taken every possible scenario unto consideration. For instance, aside from giving birth on the plane, what if there were complications? A breach birth? Or what if a caesarean section birth was needed? Worse still, what if the baby would have needed immediate medical attention? What then? There was a laundry list of things that could have gone wrong. Luckily, they did not.
Did you fly during your last trimester?
Image via Flickr: Kuster & Wildhaber Photography