Mother Gives Birth in Miami Airport & Names Newborn Daughter after Her Birthplace
A mother experienced her own surprise arrival after she gave birth to her daughter at the Miami International Airport upon arrival.
On Sunday, a woman gave birth at the Miami International after arriving on an American Airlines flight from Chicago. The new mother was supposed to make a connecting flight to Honduras but took a detour.
According to airport spokesperson Greg Chin, baby Mia, named after the airport, was delivered at around 10:30 a.m. in a restroom near an airport gate, with help from the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
Though Mia's family declined Fox for an interview, Chin told the outlet that the airport was happy to be a part of Mia's birth story. He stated the airport was honored to help in the safe delivery of the baby.
Chin added that they were also very proud to know the baby was named after the airport. The Miami International Airport shared the remarkable story on Twitter and wrote:
"The stork was cleared for arrival today for a special delivery. Meet Mia who was born at the airport this afternoon with help from our Terminal Team."
The stork was cleared for arrival✈️ today for a special delivery. Meet Mia👶 who was born at the airport this afternoon with help from our Terminal Team, @MiamiDadeFire and @MiamiDadePD. pic.twitter.com/xphdA9nzXH— Miami Int'l Airport (@iflymia) June 20, 2021
Alongside the announcement, the page shared a photo of the mother holding her newborn, with terminal and emergency staff around her, and a close-up photo of baby Mia.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava welcomed baby Mia to the world on Twitter. She expressed her gratitude that both the mother and baby were healthy and thanked the teams who helped deliver her.
Luckily for Mounga, four medical professionals were on the flight and able to assist in the delivery.
Welcome to the world, baby Mia!— Daniella Levine Cava (@MayorDaniella) June 21, 2021
Grateful that mom and her new baby are doing well — and kudos to the amazing @iflyMIA terminal team, @MiamiDadePD, and @MiamiDadeFire for this special arrival. https://t.co/qB3pVijHm2
Surprisingly, Mia and her mother's birthing story is not the only one involving planes and airports. In May, a new mother unexpectedly welcomed her baby boy during a flight from Salt Lake City to Honolulu.
Lavinia "Lavi" Mounga was flying to Honolulu to go on vacation with her family. However, during the flight, the mother, who did not know she was pregnant, gave birth to her son, Raymond, at 29 weeks.
Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga had no idea a baby was coming when she went into labor on a flight to Honolulu last week. She said she didn’t know she was pregnant, and then the baby “came out of nowhere.” https://t.co/d9kPxyLtNj— The Associated Press (@AP) May 6, 2021
Luckily for Mounga, four medical professionals were on the flight and able to assist in the delivery. She had an almost perfect medical team made up of three neonatal intensive care nurses and a family medicine physician.
The NICU nurses, Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding, and Mimi Ho, and Dr. Dale Glenn, quickly sprung into action and helped Moynga to deliver her baby. Of course, because they were not in a hospital, they had to use alternative tools.
It was a miracle at 40,000 feet. Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga was on a Delta Airlines flight above the Pacific Ocean, traveling from Utah to Hawaii, when she unexpectedly gave birth to a baby at 29 weeks — and didn’t even know she was pregnant. https://t.co/nTwKBo5dQ0 pic.twitter.com/uvivry00aL— National Right to Life (@nrlc) May 12, 2021
Dr. Glenn's previous wilderness training came in handy as the four-person medical team used shoelaces to tie off and cut the umbilical cord and an Apple watch to monitor the baby's heart rate until they reached the airport.
Another mother, Nereida Araujo, from Florida, gave birth to her third child, who she named Sky, a few minutes after the family arrived at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on their way to Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving.