U.S Navy Sailor Unexpectedly Gives Birth To Healthy Baby On Aircraft Carrier

The crew of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower got a big shock this week when one of their sailors gave birth while onboard! The sailor, who hasn’t been identified, complained of stomach pains and went to the ship’s medical department where she safely delivered a healthy, 7lb baby girl.

US Naval Forces Central Command Spokesperson Cmdr., Bill Urban, announced that both mother and child were doing well. “The family practitioner aboard, Ike, who delivered the baby, is certified in child birth and has experience delivering babies. A number of personnel assigned to Ike’s medical department have received training to deliver and care for a newborn,” explained Urban.

Source: PilotOnline

However, the Navy is not familiar with its sailors giving birth while on board. They require sailors to disclose the fact of their pregnancies within two weeks of a doctor’s confirmation, but it is unclear whether this particular sailor, even knew she was pregnant! Usually pregnant sailors can stay aboard their ships as far as 20 weeks into their pregnancies, given that a medical center is at most six hours away.

The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower shipped out of Norfolk, Virginia on June 1st and has been in the Persian Gulf assisting with Operation Inherent Resolve. Mom and baby were airlifted to Bahrain for some much needed quiet time.

Urban added, “While it would have been preferred to send her to her homeport earlier, per policy, we are now focused on caring for the health and welfare of our sailor and the newest member of our Navy family.”

What a crazy cool story to tell your daughter when she grows up!