Talk about an unforgettable flight.
A woman aboard a Cebu Pacific Air flight from Dubai to the Philippines gave birth while in the air. Yes, on the plane. Luckily, the mother and newborn are both doing fine despite the turbulent birth.
Missy Berberabe Umandal, one of the fellow passengers on the plane, posted on Facebook about her once-in-a-lifetime flight.
According to her post, the expectant mom—who wasn't due for another few months—started going into labor five hours into the flight. She then describes how she "saw flight attendants, who are meant to always maintain their poise and composure, panic ever so slightly. Flight attendants started calling for medical assistance, and luckily, there were two nurses among the passengers."
While everyone rushed to assist the woman, the baby quickly started crowning. The flight crew immediately moved the woman to the "more spacious area" at the front of the plane. Soon after, fellow concerned passengers "only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier, cute screeches" and in the blink of an eye, the baby was born.
And apparently the new mom only had to push once—a miracle in and of itself.
Mere "[m]oments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms."
Excuse us while our heads spin. How amazing is this new mom?! She just gave a super-fast drug-free birth and was already up and walking around minutes later when most women would've been splayed out in exhaustion.
Luckily, there were a couple other babies on board and one of the other moms offered the newborn some of her infant clothes and supplies from her suitcase.
The baby, named Haven by her mom, was quickly washed in a makeshift bath while the flight crew decided to make an emergency landing in India to make sure the infant was OK. And no one on the plane minded. As Umandal shares, the nine-hour flight turned into an 18-hour flight, "but no complaints ... everyone in that plane was blessed."
Umandal later told "Today"that she heard Haven is currently in an incubator since she was born prematurely, but otherwise both she and her mother are doing well.
And per the airline's policy, the lucky baby will be gifted 1 million airline miles that can be shared with her family for the rest of her life.
Best birthday present ever.
Photograph by: Missy Berberabe Umandal