Turkish Airline’s cabin crew delivered more than just tea and coffee yesterday after one of their passengers went into premature labour shortly after her plane took off from Guinea.
The 28-week pregnant woman, Nafi Diaby, started experiencing contractions at 42,000 feet. In a statement, Turkish Airlines said the cabin crew had spotted the pregnant passenger in pain and quickly stepped in. Cabin attendant Bouthayna Inanir, who aided Nafi in the delivery, told press that the woman gave birth whilst in a standing position.
“The lady was in great pain,” Inanir said. “And then the baby was on the seat. This was the hardest part. I had to grab the baby. I took her and give her to the mother,” Inanir said.
Pilot İrfan Kurşun Geçmez said the crew immediately informed the cockpit that a woman was about to give birth. According to procedures, he added, the plane would land at the nearest airport if the baby or mother’s lives were in danger.
“Everything happened quickly. We got the news that the delivery was done successfully while we were waiting to hear a second confirmation and learn about the latest news,” he said. “So, we decided to continue the route.”
The baby girl - named Kadiju - were both taken to hospital when the Boeing 737 landed at its stopover destination, Burkina Faso. Both are said to be in good health.
Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew! �������� pic.twitter.com/FFPI16Jqgt— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) April 7, 2017
The likelihood of going into labour is naturally higher after 37 weeks (around 32 weeks if you're carrying twins), and some airlines will not let you fly towards the end of your pregnancy. Check with the airline for their policy on this. After week 28 of pregnancy, the airline may ask for a letter from your doctor or midwife confirming your due date, and that you aren't at risk of complications.