Woman gives birth at 30,000 feet

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Childbirth is often said to be one of the most painful experiences a woman can go through so imagine giving birth at 30,000 feet.

That is what happened to a female passenger aboard a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight from Jeddah to New York. The woman went into labour as the Boeing 777 passed over the skies of Northern Ireland with the pilot declaring an emergency and diverting the plane to London Heathrow, according to the Daily Post.

What may have seemed like an unusual situation was made to look a breeze with experienced cabin crew staff able to deliver the newborn with consummate ease. Staff commemorated the new arrival with a group photo to the bemusement of fellow passengers.

The mother and child were believed to have been taken to hospital by emergency services once the flight landed at Heathrow. The aircraft then carried on its journey to the US, without any other unexpected deliveries.

While it may seem like a daunting task for cabin crew members to deliver a baby during a flight but the staff are prepared for every eventuality throughout a service. One of the major parts of their training is being able to deal with a situation where a woman goes into labour. This includes having the right medical knowledge, kit and all other components to ensure everything goes calmly and smoothly.

The child born on the Jeddah to New York flight will now have an interesting tale to tell for their rest of their lives.