Pregnant soldier gives birth in Afghanistan, says she did not know she was having a baby

By on Sep 21, 2012 in Asia, Parenting Comments

A British pregnant soldier reportedly gave birth to a baby boy in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, and said that she did not know she was having a baby, not until medics informed her when she complained of severe abdominal pains. A related news video is available below.

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As noted at British news sites on Thursday, September 21, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) said that the unnamed British soldier was a member of the Royal Artillery and was 34 weeks pregnant. She was sent to the 12th Mechanised Brigade since last March only, which means she got pregnant prior her mission.

According to reports, the baby boy was born five weeks premature and both the mother and the child were said to be doing fine. The MoD emphasized that mandatory pregnancy tests will still not be implemented despite this unusual case of a pregnant soldier claiming that she was not aware of her pregnancy.

“No, we will not be bringing in mandatory pregnancy tests. We do not test women for lots of things and believe it really is up to them to come forward if they are pregnant. There are only about ten cases a year and as soon as they find out we sent them home.” A MoD spokesman told Daily Mail.

“The problem is that we could test them before they go but they could only produce positive test weeks later. So we do not do it.” The spokesman added, noting that the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford has already sent a pediatrics team to the country that will help the mother and son on their flight back home.

News report about a pregnant soldier who gave birth in Afghanistan
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