Of course, the birth of a child in flight, right on board the aircraft, is always an extreme situation, both for the mother herself, and for the crew and everyone around. All modern flight attendants are trained to attend births in extreme conditions, but it is worth remembering that they are not doctors and will not be able to cope with the situation if bleeding occurs during the birth process or any complications occur. In addition, the liner does not have any special modern equipment that is in the clinic and which can save the life of a mother or baby in the event of an unforeseen development of events.
But, nevertheless, pregnant women continue to fly, and in-flight births happen, albeit infrequently. Situations in people’s lives are different and sometimes it is impossible to refuse a flight. If you need to fly, please consult your doctor first. No one can predict how the pressure drops that occur during takeoff or landing will affect a woman’s body. Air travel in late pregnancy is always a risk, and, in the event of an unforeseen development of events, the entire responsibility lies with the expectant mother.
Rules for flying pregnant women
There are no general laws that regulate flights in the last months of pregnancy. Each carrier has its own rules in this regard. Sometimes airlines set certain restrictions, for example, they do not allow flights for women with a pregnancy of more than 36 weeks, and for multiple pregnancies of more than 32 weeks. This is what British Airways, Turkish Airways, Lufthansa and KLM do. Aeroflot does not prohibit flights for women at any time. Therefore, if you are in a position, going on a trip, it is best to first familiarize yourself with the rules of a particular airline and prepare the necessary documents from the doctor.
Childbirth on board
Flight attendants are trained to take birth, but they are not doctors or even medical workers, and, as a rule, they have very little experience. The crew will be able to help the woman in labor only if the fetus is located correctly and there are no complications during childbirth. In fact, flight attendants provide only first aid. In this case, the first-aid kit of each passenger aircraft will definitely have all the necessary tools: a disinfectant solution, tongs, scissors, gauze, etc.
If a woman on board the liner reports that she has begun childbirth, the flight attendant first asks the passengers if there is a doctor on board. But, in any case, whether professional help is on the plane or not, the crew will do their best to ensure that the birth goes smoothly.