A British soldier has given birth to a new baby boy while serving on the front line in Afghanistan despite not realizing she was pregnant.
The woman, who has not been named by the Ministry of Defence, was complaining of stomach pains and it was only then she realized she was pregnant.
“Mother and baby are both in a stable condition,” said the Ministry of Defence, following the birth on Tuesday in Camp Bastion, Helmand province.
The baby was conceived before the woman, a Royal Artillery Gunner, arrived in Afghanistan in March and the MoD continued in a statement: “ It is not military policy to allow servicewomen to deploy on operations if they are pregnant. In this instance the MoD was unaware of her pregnancy.
The baby was born five weeks prematurely and a special paediatric team will fly in to Afghanistan to provide care for mother and baby on the flight home to the UK.
The BBC reports it is the first time a British soldier has given birth on the front line.