I would like to disclose that this might not be the exact story because I was a bystander.
“A lady started having contractions mid-flight, about 5 hours in going to the Philippines. She was set to give birth in October, so this came to a surprise, even to her Mother who picked her up from Dubai. For once in my life, I saw flight attendants, who are meant to always maintain their poise and composure, panic. Flight attendants started calling for medical assistance, and luckily, there were two nurses among the passengers. She was already crowning, so she was brought to the more spacious area in front of the plane. We only heard one semi-loud screech, and a few seconds later, there were tinier cute screeches, and it was when we knew the baby was born. Luckily, she only had to push once. Moments later, the woman got up to go back to her seat, baby in arms (mighty strong, I might say). There were 2 other babies with us in the front row, and one of the passengers had a suitcase full of infant clothes and necessities, which could not have come at a better time. The flight attendants took a shelf from the cabinets and filled it with mineral water, which became a makeshift wash basin to clean the baby in. It was immediately decided that an emergency landing in India was necessary to ensure the baby’s health, as it was born 2 months earlier than expected.
We might have misheard the name, but it sounded like the baby would be named “Haven”. The flight was delayed once again (what was supposed to be a 9-hour flight became roughly 18 hours), but no complaints. Everyone in that plane was blessed. To the woman, in the hopes she gets to read this: we understand you are resting and giving time to take care of your baby, but we are all hoping for your quick recovery and a lifetime of happiness to your beautiful child! And Mom, this experience made me appreciate you so so so much more than I already do. When my future children ask me what my greatest memory with my mother was, I would tell them of this extraordinary moment we shared.
On a side note, for those curious about the child’s citizenship: there is an existing rule of when a child is born mid-air, the baby will hold citizenship of the country the plane lands on next. While this rule still applies in the USA, it has been revoked in most countries, including the Philippines. Instead, this particular baby’s birthplace is India, but she will still carry a Philippine passport (since Cebu Pacific is a Philippine airline). Her time of birth also follows India Standard time.”
– Missy Berberabe Umandal