US Navy Sailor gives birth on aircraft carrier
A Navy Sailor from US, who hadn’t previously disclosed her pregnancy gave birth recently aboard an aircraft carrier currently in the Persian Gulf in support of US-led air campaign against the ISIS.
A US Navy spokesman said the sailor had complained of abdominal pains and was checked into the medical department on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was there where she later gave birth to a seven-pound girl on Sept.11
Both the baby girl and her mother “are healthy and are doing well,” according to US Naval Forces Central Command spokesman.
However it is not clear whether there are any standard repercussions for a servicewoman failing to report her pregnancy.
The woman and child were flown to Bahrain by helicopter with a medical escort, where they are receiving follow-up care at a shore-based hospital.
According to US Navy policy, a servicewoman must notify her chain of command of her pregnancy no later than two weeks after a physician confirms it.
While a naval ship is in port, a pregnant servicewoman can remain onboard up to her 20th week of pregnancy. Servicewomen who are discovered to be pregnant while deployed are transferred to shore as soon as possible. “Under no circumstance shall a pregnant servicewoman remain onboard past the 20th week of pregnancy,” US Navy policy states.