There are crazy birth stories, and then there's this one, which is pretty much 10,000 feet above and beyond the rest. Almost literally.
According to ABC, a 31-year-old woman, Armina Babayan, was flying from Russia to Armenia this past weekend. During check-in she claimed to be six and half months pregnant. Whether that's how far along she really was or not is unknown, but at some point during the middle of the Armavia Airlines flight, flight attendant Asmik Gevondyan noticed that she appeared to be in labor. She alerted the crew, and they jumped into action.
So there, midair and two hours away from their destination, Babyan gave birth to a little girl. "All of our crew helped to deliver the baby," Gevondyan told the Associated Press. And mother and baby were both fine -- phew.
As crazy as it sounds, she's not the first to give birth in the air. In fact, there's sort of a mile-high club for births it seems. In April, a woman gave birth on a flight from Georgia to Ghana; in September it happened on a flight to San Francisco; and in October a woman gave birth mid-flight in Russia. It happens. I can't even imagine how terrifying that's got to be, but it seems that in most of the cases, the moms and babies are just fine. So that's at least somewhat reassuring if you're pregnant and flying.
As for this latest case, it has an especially sweet ending. When it came time to name the baby girl, the mom chose to honor someone very special -- the flight attendant who first helped her. So baby Asmik it is. How sweet is that?
Can you imagine giving birth on an airplane?
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