Indonesian police are investigating the case of a young woman who has claimed she became pregnant by a gust of wind and gave birth an hour later.
Siti Zainah, 25, gave birth to the baby girl last week in the town of Cianjur in the southern Indonesian province of West Java.
Siti told local media that she was in her living room when she became pregnant from the wind.
“After afternoon prayer, I was lying face down and then suddenly I felt a gust of wind enter my vagina,” she said.
The mum said that 15 minutes later she began to experience pain in her stomach as it grew bigger and bigger. She then she went to a community health clinic and gave birth.
News about the woman’s pregnancy quickly spread around town and the local authorities went to pay her a visit, according to local media.
The director of Cidaun’s community clinic, Eman Sulaeman, said she went to the location with the sub-precinct chief and district head.
"The mother and baby are in a healthy condition and the birth process was normal. The baby’s gender is female and she weighs 2.9 kilograms,” she said.
Eman said they believe Siti experienced a cryptic pregnancy, a term used to describe a pregnancy that is not recognised by the mum until she has gone into labour or given birth.
Siti has one previous child with her husband who she separated from four months ago.
A police spokesperson confirmed that they went to the woman’s house.
“The point is that we want to straighten out the confusing news about the pregnant woman who gave birth in a way perceived to be unnatural. We don’t want this matter to foster wild rumours among the public,” Officer Sumardi said.
In July last year, a 28-year-old woman from the Indonesian city of Tasikmalaya claimed that she fell pregnant one hour before giving birth.
In 2017, teenager Utje Ramadani from South Sulawesi Province gave birth despite saying she was a virgin, according to local media.
Indonesian child protection chief Sitti Hikmawatty also caused a scandal in February last year when she warned women that they could get pregnant swimming in the same pool as males with “strong sperm.”
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