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12 January 2015 09:51
Two flights from California had to be diverted in December due to emergencies involving pregnant passengers
Two flights from San Francisco have had to be diverted because passengers on board went into labour.
Although flying isn't harmful to mums or babies, for many mothers-to-be a plane is the last place they would want to be when their waters break.
But those who need or want to fly while pregnant would be wise to arrange pregnancy travel insurance cover.
In December Delta Airlines Flight 2566 heading for Minneapolis landed instead at Salt Lake City when a woman on board went into labour.
CNN affiliate KUTV reports that she was assisted by a paediatrician, who was on the plane, until it touched down in Utah. The fire department took her to the University of Utah Hospital, where she had a 4lb, 6oz baby boy. The hospital said mother and baby were doing well.
Earlier in the month a baby came into the world on Southwest Airlines Flight 623. It took off from San Francisco at 6.24am and was en route to Phoenix before it was redirected to Los Angeles International Airport at about an hour later.
The mother was lucky that her fellow passengers included a nurse and a doctor, who were able to help her give birth.
LAX spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado said when the plane landed a team from the LA Fire Department were ready to take over. The other 111 passengers were delayed two and a half hours before another plane could take them on the rest of their journey.
NHS guidelines say travelling by air poses no risks to a mother or her baby but those wishing to get on a plane would be wise to seek advice from a doctor or midwife. It also urges pregnant women to check the airline's policy. Find more information here.
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