Woman on Southwest Flight Gives Birth Mid-Air

Woman on Southwest flight gives birth mid-air.

Woman on Southwest flight gives birth mid-air.

A woman on board a Southwest Flight 623 from San Francisco to Phoenix gave birth mid-air, which led to the plane being diverted to LAX.

A doctor and a nurse happened to be on board the flight and were able to deliver the baby.  The plane landed at LAX Tuesday morning at 7:30am local time.  Fire and rescue crews from the Los Angeles Fire Department took the mother and the child to hospital, according to airport officials.

The other 111 passengers on the flight were able to continue on to their flight’s final destination in Phoenix.

A passenger that was on board the flight, Charlie Reeve, took to Twitter to say “So…a lady just delivered a baby mid flight to Phoenix. That was a first for me.”

There was no word on how far along in the pregancy the woman was.  According to the Baby Centre, women are advised not to fly after 36 weeks of a healthy pregnancy, although they also say that some airlines will refuse to allow women past 28 weeks to fly because of a fear of premature labor.

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