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Woman Gives Birth On Airplane

Woman's Birth Plan Had Wings

Baby on board! A New Jersey couple flying from the Philippines to New York welcomed an unexpected delivery during their Korean Air flight — a baby boy! Born at 37,000 feet in the air and a lil more than two months early, Jadan Brown earned his wings. Weighing in at less than three pounds, the premature infant arrived above Northern Canada about half way into his parent's flight home.

Proud parents Larry and Jacel Brown didn't have time to panic. Their bundle of joy was delivered in the kitchen area by his daddy, a trained emergency medical worker and another passenger, a surgeon. A CBS report said:

"At the time we didn't know that the baby was actually coming out - she had to walk from business class into the kitchen area and kneel down to allow us to remove her clothes. At that time, when I was able to remove her clothes, the baby was actually on his way out," Larry Brown told The Early Show.

The newborn was taken to a hospital in New York when the plane landed and is said to be doing well. Jacel had been cleared to fly by her doctor.

Would you have flown this late in pregnancy?

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Pencils Pencils 9 years
Nope, I wouldn't have flown that late unless I had no choice. My husband and I went on vacation last month, shortly after I got to the 5 month mark of my pregnancy. My OB said that it was OK, but if it had been two weeks later, she would have said "no." Except we had already bought the tickets, so I dunno what we would have done then. ;) And that was a short, direct flight from NYC to Jamaica--except I'm a high risk pregnancy due to my age so I'm sure that's why she was being cautiousl
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
is that the little cutie? gorgeous!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I have no idea how she did it, but I'm sure she was miserable. She didn't have much of a choice either way...although I GUESS she could've waited until I was born, but then that would mean my dad would miss it.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
The baby was 2 months early. I would have felt pretty safe in flying at that time. What a shock it must have been to those parents!
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I flew late into my 7th month and I was HUGE- not a single question from anyone at the airport or on the airline. I was really surprised. The flight was way shorter than the drive so I didn't even think about it.
Mishell Mishell 9 years
Hey Bisque, some countries only allow citizenship to the baby if one of the parents is a resident of that country. It's not quite as easy as just being born there.
sarahinparis sarahinparis 9 years
Thats funny bluesarahlou, because I'd fly in my 8th month way before I'd take a Grayhound across the country!! A long car/bus trip is uncomfortable anytime, I can't imagine doing it at 8 months. And I don't even want to think about the misery of having to cart a 4 year old along for the ride too.
redheadkimie redheadkimie 9 years
I flew from Stockton, Ca to Las Vegas, About a 45 min flight when I was 32 weeks and flew back when I was 33. It was a short flight and everything was fine.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 9 years
I had a friend that flew from Richmond to Philly (about a 1.5 hour flight) for my wedding. She was due 5 weeks after my wedding, her doctor cleared her and thought a flight would be easier than the 4-5 hour car ride. Lucky for her she lives near the airport and their hotel was close by as well. But apparently, nobody even questioned her about the safety of flying as pregnant as she was. I think as long as a doctor ok's it nobody would question it. I'm wondering if they know why this particular baby ended up premature....
Bisque Bisque 9 years
I heard this news from a professor long ago, and I remembered since he was a former airline exec, he wondered which citizenship the child would take as he can take that of the flight carrier, or that of his parents.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
My mom reminds me EVERY July that she was unable to fly from New York to Oregon to meet up with my dad (he'd moved out there a month early to get settled) when she was 8 months pregnant with me. Instead, she had to ride a Greyhound bus cross-country with my brother (4 years old at the time) in July. 8 months pregnant. Can't wait till next month...hehe
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I flew in my 7th month from FL to NY. I was fine. I'm so glad she and the baby are doing well. skigurl - I know it's crazy isn't it? My last child was like that, but then again she was in distress but we didn't know it. So it was good that she came so fast, had she stayed in me she most likely would have died. It's amazing how the body works, and how sometimes it just knows what to do when necessary.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
funny how some women are in labor for 2 days, and this baby couldn't give his mom 5 minutes to get her ass to the kitchen!
honey693 honey693 9 years
I wouldn't have thought twice about it since my doctor cleared me to fly/travel up to 32 weeks which is where it sounds like she was.
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I was given flying clearance into my 8th month, so I wouldn't have thought much of it, either. Well, maybe not a long international flight, but domestic. As it was, I last flew in my 28th/29th weeks for my baby shower, but considered taking a later trip, too. I don't really fault that woman, though, because I'm sure she wasn't expecting a 2-month premature arrival. Thank goodness the baby is ok!
katedavis katedavis 9 years
My doctor said you can fly up until 2 months before your due date- I wouldn't have thought twice about flying.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 9 years
what a miracle
Ericka Ericka 9 years
I just got back from a trip and I'm in my 29th week. However, it was all in state and only around 4 hours long. Not sure I'd do an international flight, but more for the comfort factor.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
glad it all worked out, but NO WAY I would ever fly in my 3rd trimester!! I just wouldn't take the chance no matter what!
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