This Mom Gave Birth On Her Flight And The Airline Gave Her New Baby 1 Million Miles

by Jerriann Sullivan
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Mom gives birth on flight from Dubai to the Philippines

A new baby girl has the best birth story. Her mom went into labor during a long flight and a fellow passenger documented it. Besides the birth, the best part of the story is the airline gave the soon-to-be famous baby one million airline miles. This girl’s got some fabulous summer vacations in her future.

The whole thing started on August 14 during a Cebu Pacific Air flight from Dubai to the Philippines. Missy Berberabe Umandal and her mom took a quick vacation together and were headed home when their fellow passenger went into labor two months before she was due. According to Umandal, the first-time mom was seated near her and started having contractions about five hours into the typically 9-hour long voyage. Contractions are already terrible but on a plane? What a freaking champ.

From there the crew jumped into action and moved mom to the front of the plane where she had more space to bring a brand new human into the world in the middle of the damn sky. “Luckily, there were two nurses among the passengers,” Umandal wrote on her now viral Facebook page. Sure humans have been having babies without medical assistance for centuries, but most people want a nurse or doctor around – especially if they’re on a plane. “We only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier, cute screeches, and it was when we knew the baby was born,” she shared.

The mom only had to push once, which is just another sign that her little girl was beyond ready for this world. “Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms,” Umandal explained. “Mighty strong, I might say.” Hell yeah. Strong is an understatement. What is stronger than strong? Because that’s what this new mom is for delivering her first baby ever during a long flight. Thankfully two other tots had boarded the same plane and were super chill about sharing their baby clothes. The flight attendants also filled a shelf with mineral water so mom could clean the brand new bundle of joy.

Because the little gal had entered the world so early and in an airplane, the pilot decided an emergency landing in India had to happen. “We might have misheard the name, but it sounded like the baby would be named ‘Haven,'” the passenger reported. Obviously, she didn’t want to bother the new parent after such a crazy ordeal. And apparently all of the other passengers were just as calm when their flight time doubled. They made it to their final destination after about 18 hours, but Umandal said no one complained. Bravo, people.

“To the woman, in the hopes she gets to read this: we understand you are resting and giving time to take care of your baby,” the passenger shared. “But we are all hoping for your quick recovery and a lifetime of happiness to your beautiful child!” That’s the exact way to react to a child being born midflight. The airline responded to the situation is a really cool way, too, and gave the baby girl 1 million miles. Between being born on a plane and all those free trips, this girl’s destined to see the world.

“This is something you don’t get to see every day,” Umandal added. “It only happens in movies, and we’re lucky to witness this miracle.”

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