The birth of a baby boy aboard a Southwest flight departing from San Francisco on Tuesday morning was a surprise to everyone.
Ken Marshall, who said he was a passenger on the morning flight, told the L.A. Times that passengers aboard Southwest Flight 623 didn’t realize the woman was in labor until they heard the baby crying and her husband calling a flight attendant for help.
That’s when she then told the flight attendant: “I just had a baby,” he said.
Moments later, a doctor and a nurse who happened to be on board, scurried to help the woman — described as quiet and humble.
The flight crew gathered blankets to cover the baby, while asking passengers if they had something sharp to cut the umbilical cord.
According to a passenger, a female passenger searched her cosmetic bag and offered a pair of beauty scissors, which was used to cut the cord.
Soon after, the pilot announced that the woman had given birth to a baby boy.
That’s when the passengers, who remained quiet during the birth, cheered.
The 6:24 a.m. flight was heading to Phoenix, but it was diverted to LAX in Los Angeles, after he said a flight attendant told the pilot the plane needed a cleaning.
Before she gave birth, he and other passengers knew something was amiss because there was a strong odor in the dimly lighted cabin, Marshall said. They later saw a puddle of blood.
The woman, who had been wearing pants, apparently remained seated in her window seat in the upright position while she gave birth, Marshall said.
The doctor and nurse remained with the mother, her family and the flight crew until they arrived about 7:30 a.m. in Los Angeles, where paramedics took over.
Paramedics boarded the flight and provided immediate medical aid to the mother and newborn, LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said.
The family was transported to an area hospital and mother and child were in good condition.
The airlines spokeswoman says the remaining 111 passengers continued on to Phoenix on a new aircraft.
This is the mother’s second child.
Mom and baby are said to be doing well.