Is Risk, Love?
October 20, 2015 9:18pm CST
I read an alarming news article on how an advance stage expectant mother-to-be, traveling on a flight bound for U.S. suddenly has an unexpected labor when the airplane was about an hour and a half from landing. Going into labor, she even crowned with the baby's head almost completely out but a doctor on board assisting her was shocked when the laboring mother pushed the head back into her. Even I was shocked with this and when the plane finally landed in San Francisco, the baby was delivered on board without complications and the ambulance prepared before landing took both the mother and her new born to the hospital. What a day on board for all especially the mother of the new born baby? In an interview later at the hospital, it was reported that the reason for that unthinkable feat - to gain U.S. citizenship for her new born baby. What a risk to take? In one perspective, it is an act of love from the mother who went out her way to gain a good advantage start for her child, but as a mother that is one hell of a risk. What do you think? Image courtesy of khunaspix at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
21 Oct 15
That was a great risk pushing the baby back but it turned out okay. I like the story. I may think of having a baby on board going there to get a citizenship what do you think? But wait a minute, I was denied one time when they ask me if I was due. I think they won't let you take the plane when you're about to give birth but this is something really.
21 Oct 15
I know for a fact that all pregnancies must be notified at check in and that there must be a doctor's certification to accompany us when we check in. So, I believe the mother could either have lied about her pregnancy stage with falsified certification at check in or it could be a premature birth but I don't think we have anything to say what is what here. So, I will leave it as it is and be contented that both mother and child are well, here (hopefully)
21 Oct 15
My exact thoughts and if there are complications that arises from there, the mother would not be spared of a life threatening condition. I just hope that others would not ever do such a thing. As there are no further news here, I really do not know what is the condition of the both of them other than they were pretty much alive and well when they were taken to the hospital by the ambulance awaiting at the plane's arrival. I wonder if America could consider citizenship when birth takes place on their airspace. I cannot help recall that movie Air Force One where when the President was finally evacuated into the military cargo plane the call sign was switched to Air Force One Sorry this may be wishful thinking as a result of too much movies.
22 Oct 15
If I'm in her shoes,I wouldn't think of doing it,it's dangerous and I'm after of the baby's condition,she's just lucky the baby went out nothing a complications.We maybe have a different kind of risk to take but I won't take any kind if my baby would be in danger.
• United States
31 Oct 15
When obstetricians do this it is called the Zavinelli maneuver. I think we must pass on judgment since we don't actually know what really happened, the mother's history, or even what kind of doctor just happened to be on the plane.
2 Nov 15
I do agree with you but the maneuver you have mentioned is administered by an expert obstetrician and the doctor on board was against what the mother was doing at that time. He was shocked too. The report was from the mother's account as given by the witnesses of the incident that she did it because of the US citizenship for her baby. So there's no judgment call except to discourage others of doing such a feat which is very risky.