Woman Delivers Baby on Plane & Names Her After Flight Attendant


airplaneThere 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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da_mi... da_miranda

There was a baby born on plane too in my country,right above the sky of Timika, Papua, Indonesia. The baby girl was born 7 months premature. She was named after 5 beautiful flight attendants name & lasted with the airlines name (Merpati means dove). She was rushed to the hospital afterward but die within 25 hours. To be known, her older brother (9 years old) was born in the public bus when the mother rushed to the hospital in a full 9 months pregnancy wow..

nonmember avatar megan

One of my girl scout leaders had her twin girls on a plane, she named then skii (sky) and jet. I thought it was pretty cool. Then there was another set of girls born on Christmas, their names were holly and noel. Cool if you ask me.

Victoria Armentor

i thought you weren't supposed to fly when your pregnant?

Ladys... Ladysigma07

I flew from Newark, NJ to Seattle to go a cruise and I was 4m pregnant. Their are regulations for both airlines and cruises. When I registered for the cruise, I had to send carnival proof of pregnancy that stated my weeks pregnant at the time of disembarkment. If I would have had my baby on a plan, I cannot say I would name my baby after a flight attendant. I would consider it if I didn't already have a name in place. 

Jacquelyn Sheffield

Just what I DON'T need to read the day before going to the US from Norway at 34 weeks......

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