Woman gives birth during nine-hour flight: 'Thrilling experience'

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A woman has given birth to a healthy baby aboard a nine-hour Kuwait Airlines flight after stunned crew helped deliver the child when the mum went into labour.

The mum, whose name has not been released, began her contractions on the flight from Kuwait City to the Philippine capital Manila on August 2.

According to reports, the Filipino national went into labour early during the nine-hour flight, KU417.

Nurse Sheryl Alipio Pascua assisted with the birth after aircrew appealed for help from medics.

Crew care for the baby after helping deliver it. Source: Australscope/ Newsflash
Crew care for the baby after helping deliver it. Source: Australscope/ Newsflash

She later shared images of the incident on Facebook with the message saying she'd never experienced anything like it.

"I have never thought that this day would be the most thrilling yet humbling experience in our nursing career (me and my husband)," she said.

One of the photos shows the newborn wrapped in an airline blanket being cuddled by her mother.

The mum and baby are said to be healthy. Source: Australscope/ Newsflash
The mum and baby are said to be healthy. Source: Australscope/ Newsflash

"On our connecting flight from Kuwait bound to Philippines, 20 minutes later after departure the cabin crew announces if there are nurses and/or doctors on board for emergency situation," she explained.

"Little did we know there is a mother who is about to give birth. Upon assessing the timing and regularities of contraction, I attempted to do an internal examination, to only find out that she is already at the crowning stage.

She said her husband crew managed to catch the baby and safely deliver the child.

"I would like to thank the resilience and team work of Kuwait Airways cabin crew, especially to Justine who is also a nurse, she assisted me and help me all throughout," she said.

Both mum and baby are said to be healthy.

- Australscope/ Newsflash

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