Unaware She Was Pregnant, US Sailor Gives Birth at Sea

Mom and baby are doing well
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2016 6:07 PM CDT
US Sailor Didn't Know She Was Pregnant, Gave Birth at Sea in Persian Gulf
A helicopter flies escort as the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower returns to Norfolk Naval Station on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 in Norfolk, Va.   (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)

A US Navy sailor who didn't realize she was pregnant gave birth aboard the Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier Sunday while it was in the Persian Gulf, where it's involved in the fight against ISIS, the Navy Times reports. The unnamed sailor went to the carrier's medical clinic with stomach pains Saturday, and nine hours later, she delivered a 7-pound baby girl.

Diapers, formula, and an incubator were flown out to the ship; mom and baby are both doing well, and were eventually airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Bahrain. Had the sailor known she was pregnant, she would have left operational command at 20 weeks along. (Read more uplifting news stories.)

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