Soldier Didn't Know She Was Pregnant, Gives Birth On The Front Line In AfghanistanMonica Bielanko
It would definitely make for a seriously intense episode of I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.
A female soldier in Afghanistan gave birth to a baby at an Afghan outpost that was the scene of a battle just days ago.
The British soldier, a gunner in the Royal Regiment of Artillery, didn’t know she was pregnant until developing stomach pains a couple days ago. She gave birth in Camp Bastion, where Britain’s Prince Harry is assigned as an Apache helicopter pilot.
According to ABC News, the woman was deployed to Afghanistan in March and is believed to be the first soldier to give birth on the front line. A team of pediatric specialists has been deployed to help take care of the soldier and her premature baby boy, although the Ministry of Defense reports both mother and son are in good health. The Ministry also tells ABC News pregnant servicewomen are not allowed to be deployed. “Usually once we find out about a woman being pregnant, we send her back to the UK on maternity leave, but this time, the baby came too fast,” the spokesman said.
ABC News reports that around 70 women have been sent back from Afghanistan in the last decade after discovering they were pregnant, and twice that number from Iraq in the same period.
Amazing. No word yet on who the dad is. But, well, it’s certainly a story for the grandkids, isn’t it?
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