Airline staff step in after a woman goes into early labour onboard…

They’re security guards, emergency experts, customer service stars… and cabin crew on a recent Turkish Airlines flight can now add midwives to their CV.

Airline staff and fellow passengers jumped in to help when a female traveller went into early labour on board a flight to Istanbul via Ouagadougou last week.

Mother Nafi Diaby, who was flying from the Guinean capital of Conarky, was 28 weeks pregnant when labour pains began to set in.

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At that time, the Boeing 737-900 was already 42,000 feet in the air, far away from a maternity ward.

However, with the help of cabin crew, Diaby safely delivered a daughter, named Kadiju, 11 weeks early.

The mother and baby were taken to a hospital in the Burkina Faso capital when the aircraft landed, and are both reportedly doing well.

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“The cabin crew noticed that a woman passenger named Nafi Diaby, [who was] 28 weeks into her pregnancy, was suffering childbirth pains,” a Turkish Airlines statement said, according to the BBC.

“They promptly responded to assist her childbirth during the flight.”

Flight attendant Bouthayna Inanir also revealed that passengers came to Diaby’s aid during labour.

“The mother gave birth while standing, and we received help from several other passengers,” the Turkish Airlines employee told India Today.

Women are allowed to fly up to the 35th week of their pregnancy, the Turkish Airlines website states, though expectant mothers need a doctors’ note to state they are fit to travel from 28 weeks onwards.

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