Most airline companies allow expectant mothers to board their flights as long as they are not beyond 35 weeks. Although there is still plenty of time until their full term, unplanned situations could still arise. Just like when a pregnant woman gives birth inside the aircraft or inside the airports.
In a recent report, an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Saudi Arabia waiting to board her flight going to her hometown in Genera Santos City unexpectedly gave birth while inside the restroom at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2.
The OFW identified as Faibza Damao, finished the 14-day quarantine period, which is a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19 when the incident happened. Damao was from Saudi Arabia.
The OFW gave birth to a baby girl and was immediately brought to the NAIA clinic and later at the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, as confirmed by the Manila International Airport Authority.
Countless similar incidents happened over the past few years and fortunately, these expectant mothers were able to deliver their babies safely through the help of airport officials and the airline staff. For expectant mothers out there, it is best to travel way before your expected month of delivery to avoid encountering such incidents.