Mom Goes into Labor on Flight, Gives Birth at 20,000 Feet

One mama delivered her little one while on board a flight. Could this happen to you?

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What's the most eventful thing you've ever witnessed on a flight? Chances are, it doesn't compare to what passengers on Southwest Flight 556 experienced as they traveled from Philadelphia to Orlando on Sunday, when a female passenger went into labor in the middle of the flight. 

According to a report from USA Today, the flight diverted to Charleston—but not before the woman welcomed her baby while they were still in the air. According to a rep for Southwest, medical personnel on the flight helped guide the baby into the world, and emergency responders met the mom as soon as they touched down.

Twitter user Izzy Gould shared a short clip of the events on her Twitter page, saying the crew did "a great job" with an unforeseen circumstance.

But while this story has a happy ending, you probably aren't hoping to find yourself in a similar situation. While the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said women with low-risk pregnancies can safely travel by air in all phases of pregnancy, it's always a good idea to check in with your doctor before booking a flight, especially if you're towards the end of pregnancy. Something else you might want to do? Check in with your airline about their policies for pregnant women—and, of course, exercise your own judgement: It might be unnecessarily risky to plan a trip too close to your due date!

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