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Woman gives birth to baby boy on Southwest flight out of San Francisco

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Passengers on a Southwest flight got a huge surprise when a newborn baby made a very unexpected arrival.

A flight from San Francisco to Phoenix made an emergency landing in Los Angeles after a passenger went into labor and gave birth at the back of the plane. Passengers described very little commotion as flight attendants and a doctor and nurse who happened to be on the flight helped the woman deliver her baby boy.

Epidurals aren't on the in-flight menu. I don't know about you, but I would have disturbed every single passenger on that flight. When I gave birth without pain medication, I howled like a feral animal for hours. This miracle mom not only went into labor and delivered her baby in under an hour, but she did it without drawing much attention to herself. Some passengers had no idea what was going on until the cries of a newborn baby could be heard.

Southwest pilot Capt. John Gordy reportedly announced, "We took off with 109 and landed with 110. Not bad!"

Mom and baby are in great condition at a hospital in LA. Though inconvenienced by the delay, passengers applauded the mother for her mile-high delivery. It'll make a great holiday story for everyone who was on board. And Mom? She officially wins best birth story ever for starting her son's frequent flyer miles really early.

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