A woman who didn’t know she was pregnant was surprised during a flight last week after giving birth in the plane’s bathroom.
The new mother, identified only as Tamara, was on a KLM Royal Dutch flight on Wednesday from Guyaquil, Ecuador with a layover in Amsterdam before heading to Spain when she suddenly started feeling her stomach ache.
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“A few hours before landing in the Netherlands, her stomach hurt and she decided to go to the toilet. To her great surprise, after two contractions, she suddenly had a baby in her hands,” a spokesperson for the Spaarne Gasthuis Haarlem Zuid hospital told NL Times.
The hospital added: “Tamara had no idea she was pregnant and was quite taken aback by the event.”
A spokesperson for the airline told the outlet that two doctors as well as a nurse from Austria were luckily onboard, and assisted the woman after her surprise delivery, “for which we are very grateful to them.”
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Tamara named the child Maximiliano after one of the helpful passengers who stayed by her side to ensure she had a safe delivery.
The airline reports that both mother and child were “doing well” and in good health following their touch-down at Schiphol Airport at 12:55 p.m. Thursday. The new mother and her baby were then immediately taken by ambulance to Spaarne Gasthuis Haarlem Zuid hospital.
Both Mother & Newborn Child Are In Good Health Following Surprise Mid-Flight Birth
“Both Tamara and Maximiliano were fortunately in good health,” the hospital said.
Tamara’s flight, KLM 755, departed on Wednesday as a one-hour shuttle from Quito to Guayaquil, before continuing on an 11-hour flight to Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. Tamara had planned on taking an additional flight then to Spain prior to the surprise birth of her child.
“The team in the birthing department did everything possible to ensure that both received proper care and were on their way for the necessary paperwork for Maximiliano. As soon as possible, Tamara and Maximiliano will travel on to Madrid. The Spaarne Gasthuis wishes them well!” the hospital said.
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In October, The Shade Room reported that another young mother similarly ended up giving birth mid-flight to her baby boy 36,000 feet in the air, and even named the child after his amazing mid-“sky” delivery.
Kendria Rhoden, 21, of Hartford, Connecticut, was cleared to fly by her doctor at 32 weeks with her due date set for October 23, according to KKTV.
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So in September, she decided to go on a trip with her family to the Dominican Republic before welcoming her baby boy.
The health-care worker began experience cramps in her airplane seat as the American Airlines flight took off from New York City. Within 34 minutes into the flight, she had gone into full-fledged labor, prompting the cabin crew to assist in delivering the child.
“These carried on and 34 minutes into the flight, my waters broke,” Rhoden told Caters. “The cabin crew were such a big help.”
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The extremely-pregnant woman was sitting next to her sister, Kendalee, 26, who quickly realized her water had broken mid-flight.
“I was shocked,” Kendalee told the outlet. “I kept asking if she was sure until she stood up, and the entire seat was drenched!”
Kendalee then told the rest of the family who happened to be on the flight, and hit the panic button causing the “flight attendants (to) rush over to the scene.”
Four members of the flight’s crew ran to woman’s assistance, and after “an extremely stressful 20 minutes” an announcement was made that “we’d got a new passenger aboard.”
The young mother named the newborn Skylen in honor of the mid-air delivery.