Skooter reporting 09/20/12
Not realizing she was pregnant, a British servicewoman has suddenly given birth to a baby boy on Tuesday in Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense said the mother and baby are both in a stable condition.
The woman was a Royal Artillery gunner who remains not to be identified by the MoD, they only found out when she was about to deliver the baby after complaining of stomach pains.
It was reported that the child was conceived before she arrived in Afghanistan in March.
According to MoD, it is not a military policy to allow servicewomen to deploy on operations if they are pregnant. In this case the MoD was not aware of the woman’s pregnancy.
Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital pediatric specialist team is set to fly to Afghanistan in the next few days to provide appropriate care for mother and baby on the flight home.
The baby was born five weeks prematurely. This is the first time a British soldier has given birth on the front line, said Caroline Wyatt BBC defense correspondent. Since 2003 there were 200 servicewomen have been sent home from Iraq and Afghanistan when it was found out that they were pregnant.
Pregnant servicewomen are banned by military rules from front-line duties, although last year another female British soldier gave birth two weeks after returning from her six-month deployment to Afghanistan.
The case is rare but it may sparks further debate over whether more medical tests are required before the armed forces deploy women to the front lines.