The 5 Strangest Places Women Have Given Birth
From an airplane to a McDonald's
By Margeaux Klein,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2015 11:42 AM CDT
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2011, file photo, a mother holds her newborn baby at a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.   (Michael Zamora/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

(Newser) – For most women, the ideal place to welcome your child into the world is a hospital surrounded by doctors or home with a midwife nearby. For others, however, their deliveries came unexpectedly in unusual settings.

  • Airplane: A 23-year-old Canadian gave birth on a flight from Calgary to Tokyo. Apparently, Ada Guan had no idea she was pregnant until the birth of her baby girl. Luckily, there were three doctors on the plane.
  • Wilderness: Stranded in the forest is the last place you want to be when your water breaks, but that's exactly what happened to one California woman who decided to take the back way to her parents' home. After running out of gas and cell service, Amber Pangborn gave birth on her own. She and the baby were rescued three days later after she started a fire that caught the attention of a helicopter crew.
  • Interstate: When President Obama visited Louisville, Ky., earlier this year, he caused a traffic jam that left one pregnant woman stuck in gridlock, unable to get to the hospital. Luckily, dispatchers and a nurse who was also stuck in traffic helped her give birth along the shoulder of I-65.

  • McDonald's: Do you want fries with that baby? A California woman delivered a baby inside a mall food court where she was eating with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. Paramedics arrived but left after her labor pains subsided; she ended up getting an assist from a mall cop.
  • Office bathroom: Not all of these end well: Earlier this year, a 25-year-old Michigan woman was accused of giving birth in the restroom of her workplace, reports HLN. She allegedly tried to conceal the birth by sealing the baby in a plastic bag, and hiding him in a tote bag at her desk. She's facing charges of child abuse and murder.
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