Baby born on rescue chopper ride

Published: February 1, 2007 | 5648th good news item since 2003

A Northland couple welcomed their baby into the world in a dramatic fashion, as their daughter was born in mid-air on board a rescue helicopter.

Westpac Waikato Air Ambulance helicopter Pilot Loren Haisley told NZPA he was called out yesterday to collect a woman from Whitianga having complications with delivery.

The woman had gone into labour but an irregular foetal heartbeat had been detected by a midwife, he said.

The woman, along with the child’s father and midwife were being taken from Whitianga to Waikato hospital.

During the flight Mr Haisley was told the woman was due to give birth at any moment.

Mr Haisley began to land the helicopter in a paddock south of Mill Creek along SH25 but the child was born about 30 seconds before it landed.

The couple and their healthy baby girl were flown back to Whitianga where they were taken to hospital, he said.

Mr Haisley told NZPA the father was “calm but concerned” during the flight and the mother had been in some “discomfort”.

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