Adelaide, Aug 27 : A 34-week pregnant Australian woman of India origin this morning gave birth onboard a flight from Hong Kong to Adelaide with the help of doctors who were also onboard the same flight. Both the mother and the baby body are reportedly doing well.
The baby was born six weeks early, weighed 2.7 kg and was breathing unaided in a hospital's special care nursery.
Parmajit Kaur (29) was alone returning home after visiting family in India when she went into labour on the Cathay Pacific flight.
It was about 5.30am (CST), on the final leg of her trip from Hong Kong, that Parmjit gave birth to a healthy baby boy. She is understood to have gone to the toilet after suffering labour pains. The plane then made an unscheduled stop at Darwin and mum and bub were taken to Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH), where they have spent the day resting, reported the news.com.au.
"The baby is healthy, he is breathing on his own. Mum is jetlagged but stable," said a spokeswoman for RDH.
Parmjit's husband Jagdar Jagdar was above the moon after learning that he had become a dad. "I was wishing to see my wife at the time but all that happened, you know, very well," the report quoted him as saying. "Dad is over the moon and he has rung grandparents back in India to tell them the news," said the spokeswoman.
He said there were tears in his eyes when he was told about the birth of his son, although he had been "feeling very, very worried" about his wife.
An Adelaide doctor who, along with three other medical practitioners, helped deliver the baby, said it was a smooth, "fun" birth. "She was fortunate enough to have doctors on board the flight," said a spokeswoman for Darwin Airport.
Airlines have different policies on pregnant women travelling, with some banning them from flying for 30 days before the due date. Others allow women to travel up to a week before.