A NEW mum who didn’t know she was pregnant was shocked when she gave birth on a plane, according to a viral TikTok video.
Passenger Julia Hansen shared footage from inside the plane on the social media platform, taken in the moments after Lavinia Mounga from Utah had given birth.
During the shocking footage, the cries of a newborn can be heard as the new mum’s fellow passengers applaud on the flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu in Hawaii.
Hansen claimed the woman had been allowed to travel in the third trimester of her pregnancy because she “didn’t know” she was expecting and didn’t reveal her identity, which has since been confirmed.
A nurse onboard called Lani Bamfield Kansas City confirmed in a Facebook status that “we delivered a 26-27 weeker in the airplane bathroom.”
“In the middle of the ocean, with three NICU nurses, a Physicians assistant, and a family medicine doctor we were able to make it THREE HOURS before we could finally land but the baby and mom did great,” she wrote.
“God was definitely with us up there.”
Shocked Mounga named her newborn Raymond Kaimana Wade Kobe Lavaki Mounga; both mother and baby were reportedly taken to a Honolulu hospital in good health.
Delighted dad Ethan Magalei said he was also stunned by the arrival of their “miracle” and thanked everyone who had helped during the birth, adding that he hopes to be the “best dad.”
Mounga’s sister set up a GoFundMe to help the family with medical costs until they can return to Utah with her “miracle baby nephew.”
“Our sister did not know she was pregnant so she was just as shocked as the rest of us when our nephew was born!” she wrote. “Lavinia & baby will be staying in Hawaii longer while baby gets healthy enough to fly back home to Utah.
“We love our little baby and can’t wait til we are able to bring him back home to Utah.’
The viral TikTok clip of the plane birth begins with TikToker Hansen whispering: “A baby was just born on this plane.”
Footage then captures passengers on board a Delta flight on Wednesday applauding and congratulating the woman for her incredible mid-air feat.
Later, a crew member can be heard over the plane’s intercom asking passengers to remain seated “to allow a passenger to seek medical assistance”.
Upon landing, she shows the mother being wheeled off the plane by paramedics, holding the newborn bub in her arms.
Hansen’s video has been viewed more than 10 million times since it was shared Friday. She did not show the “overwhelmed” woman’s face or baby in the clip.
“The mother and baby were perfectly healthy when they got off the plane,” she wrote in the comments.
“To those wondering how she was able to fly in her third trimester, I sat next to her dad on the plane and he said they didn’t even know she was pregnant.”
Many commenters praised Ms Hansen for “respecting her privacy” by not showing the new mum’s face or that of her baby to which she responded saying “she was already overwhelmed as it was”.
The video has drawn thousands of comments, many from people who said they felt for the mother in the situation.
“I can’t even imagine, she was probably so scared,” one said.
“That poor mum was probably so scared!” another agreed, while another person noted: “This must have been so traumatic.”
Others joked the baby was “air borne” and teased she should be named “Jet” or “Sky”.
Many wondered how being born in air space would affect citizenship and birth records.
According to the Washington Post, babies born in a plane over US airspace would be considered US citizens.
However, the baby’s birth certificate could be a little trickier if the certificate is registered in the location where the baby deplaned.
Luckily for the mother, a doctor and nurse were on board the flight to help deliver the baby.
Hawaii Department of Transportation spokesperson Jai Cunningham, a spokesman, said: “It was a medical assist, it wasn’t deemed a medical emergency so that sort of notifies you that mom and baby were in good shape.
“Then the crew emergency medical services group met them and were able to transport them to a nearby hospital.”
“It’s not that common for childbirth, obviously cause most of the time once women get far along in their pregnancy doctors kind of advise them against doing such things cause you’re on a plane for five, six, seven hours.”
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A Kapiolani Medical Center representative told KHON: “Mom and baby were brought to Kapiolani and are doing good. Mom has been discharged already but baby is still in the NICU as he was born early.”
“The safety of our crew and customers is our top priority,” said a Delta Airlines spokesperson, who noted that their crews are trained to handle a number of medical scenarios.
This article was originally published on news.com.au and has been republished here with permission.