Navy: Sailor gave birth to baby on aircraft carrier at sea

by Brock Vergakis, The Virginian-Pilot (Tribune News Service)
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NORFOLK, Va. (Tribune News Service) — A sailor who never reported she was pregnant gave birth aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower while it operated in the Persian Gulf, according to the Navy.

Cmdr. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, said the sailor had complained of abdominal pain and recently was admitted to the ship's medical department, where she later give birth to a 7-pound girl.

Urban said the sailor and her daughter are healthy and doing well. Diapers, formula and an incubator were flown out to the carrier the day of the birth, which Urban did not specify. The incubator was used to support the helicopter medical evacuation to shore, Urban said.

"As the baby was born at sea aboard an operational unit, the main focus for the U.S. Navy, the ship and its crew is the safety and well-being of the baby and the mother. The baby and mother have arrived in Bahrain via helicopter with a medical escort and have been taken to a shore-based hospital for follow on care," Urban said in an email to The Virginian-Pilot.

"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 medical department have received training to deliver and care for a newborn."

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