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Mom Unexpectedly Gives Birth on Plane

Woman gives birth on plane, en route to Phoenix
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Of all the "she went into labor where?" stories we've heard over the years, being mid-flight when your water breaks wins every time. Hours away from any hospital—and grunting through labor pains while your fellow passengers are trying to decide between peanuts or chips for their in-flight snack—has got to be the worst.

Forget the lady who gave birth in the Subway restaurant bathroom, or the one who welcomed her bundle o' joy in the middle of a Wal-Mart parking lot, while her kids watched. The woman who gave birth yesterday on Southwest Airlines Flight 623, en route from San Francisco to Phoenix, yesterday deserves a standing ovation.

According to Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Emily Samuels, the new mom (whose name has yet to be released) gave birth "slightly" after takeoff early Tuesday morning, while the plane was in the air. Lucky for her, a doctor and nurse just happened to be on the flight too, and helped deliver and care for Mom and Baby until the plane landed safely, after being diverted to LAX. At that point, paramedics took over, rushing the mother and her child off to nearby Southland hospital. They remain there still, and are reportedly doing just fine.

As for the other passengers on the flight, they faced a two-and-a-half-hour flight delay before they could reboard and continue on to Phoenix shortly before 10 a.m. But hey, all's well that ends well.

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