Mother who gives birth on a plane tells her story

Joe Raedle

The plane was only in the air for around 15 minutes when she felt her contractions coming more often, and she eventually went into labor. The baby weighed seven pounds and 19.5 inches tall.

When Penton notified flight attendants that she wasn't feeling well, attendants went into action and notified doctors on the ground to see if any medical professional were on board.

"I was sitting behind the lady that just gave birth ... so special, so sweet", she wrote on Facebook.

"Everything started happening very quickly", the mother said in a Spirit news release. She had carried two babies to full-term, and though heavily pregnant, she was unconcerned about flying just weeks out from her due date.

"I was standing directly behind her and asked her, 'This is fantastic, want me to get video for you?' She was like, 'Sure, 'cause otherwise I'm not gonna have anything to show that this is for real, '" the passenger told Inside Edition.

'But after a few minutes I knew I needed medical attention. Luckily, a paediatrician and nurse who happened to be on board the Spirit Airlines flight assisted with the delivery.

'There was no time to prepare, ' Cristina said.

"He told me you're pushing it, you're doing it last minute and may be you shouldn't but then again, I'm stubborn, so I figured, no, no, we can handle this", Ms Penton said.

Once the plane landed, mother and baby were taken to Louisiana's Ochsner Medical Center and are both doing well, Spirit said.

In addition to the free airfare, Spirit paid for a rental vehicle to drive Penton and her family back home and presented baby Christoph with several gifts, including a onesie that says "Born to fly". Under Spirit's contract of carriage, the airline allows children under the age of two to fly for free if they sit on an adult's lap. The nurse clamped down on the umbilical cord with some rubbery straps they found on the plane, she added.

Fellow passenger Marlene Cabrera told the Washington Post how the flight broke into laughter and applause as news of the successful birth spread.

'People on the plane were pretty good about it.

A BABY that was born on a packed passenger jet has been promised a free birthday flight for life.

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