Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
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.
24 September 2016
Slim people who look physically healthy may still be at increased chance of being diagnosed with bowel cancer if they have raised insulin levels, according new research.
23 September 2016
Theresa May is being urged to give the go-ahead for flights to resume between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh by the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt.
22 September 2016
Budget airline Jet2.com is to open its first base in the south of England at Stansted.
21 September 2016
Smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level on record in England, new figures show, suggesting messages about the health effects of cigarettes are hitting home.
20 September 2016
Concerns have been raised over flight disruptions caused by heavy drinking among passengers.
17 September 2016
British Airways' decision to launch direct flights from London to Tehran earlier this month positions Iran as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017, according to experts.
16 September 2016
More than 100 flights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.
15 September 2016
Two thirds of MPs would support an expansion at Heathrow.
14 September 2016
TripAdvisor is launching a new homepage, making the booking of holiday activities and tours even easier.
13 September 2016
Travellers are to be charged to use fast lanes to get through passport checks in an attempt to cut queues.
09 September 2016
People travelling to regions affected by the Zika virus outbreak should practise safe sex for at least half a year upon their return, health leaders say.
08 September 2016
British Airways is apologising to passengers for delays after an IT glitch hit check-in systems.