Little baby girl Kadiju was born in midair, 42,000 feet high in the sky, on the flight from Conakry, Guinea to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
Her mom, Nafi Diaby, went into labor and the cabin crew from Turkish Airlines had to intervene.
Mommy and baby girl were taken into a hospital immediately as soon as the Boeing 737-900 type aircraft landed.
Turkish Airlines representatives came out with an official statement describing the occurrence.
“The cabin crew noticed that a woman passenger named Nafi Diaby, [who was] 28 weeks into her pregnancy, was suffering childbirth pains,” a Turkish Airlines statement said.
“They promptly responded to assist her childbirth during the flight,” read the statement.
Turkish Airlines’ Ouagadougou station officials reported that the mother and the newborn are in excellent condition!
They took to their Twitter account to send greetings to the family and congratulate their team for their professional approach and composure!
Welcome on board Princess! Applause goes to our cabin crew! 👏🏻👶🏽 pic.twitter.com/FFPI16Jqgt
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) April 7, 2017
One of the flight attendants, Bouthayna Inanır, who helped with the birth said: “The mother gave birth while standing, and we received help from several passengers.”
Twitter user @yediteddy posted in reply to Turkish Airlines’ official tweet, asking:”I heard other airlines don’t let 7m+ pregnant ladies on board. Did that rule change? How many months was she? Glad to see baby & mom r safe.”
Nafi Diaby was in the 28th week of her pregnancy.
There is a general medical consensus that commercial air travel before week 36 of pregnancy is considered safe for women who have healthy pregnancies, so most of the airlines allow it.
However, a signed letter from a doctor is required if the person is in their 28th week and onward.
It is recommended that pregnant women who travel by air should take occasional walks up and down the aisle to promote circulation and drink a lot of water. They should steer clear from gassy foods and drinks pre-flight.
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) April 5, 2017
When it comes to the offspring’s citizenship, there are two prevailing policies: the baby either takes the nationality of the country where the plane is registered and sometimes take their parents’ citizenship.
The US as well as Canada both grant citizenship to babies born in air above their respective territories.