Coast Guard assists with delivery of baby at sea

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard members assisted in delivering a baby aboard a cargo ship approximately 100 miles southwest of San Diego Monday evening.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Sector San Diego transported a Coast Guard flight surgeon and civilian midwife to the ship to help delivery the baby girl, who was born at approximately 7:50 p.m.

The crew of the Panamanian-flagged vehicle carrier Caribbean Highway contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 9 a.m., requesting assistance for a 21-year-old crewmember who was in labor.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Sector San Diego at approximately 5:20 p.m., to transport the medical personnel to the ship.

Once aboard the ship, the doctor and midwife assisted the woman, a citizen of the Philippines, with delivery of the baby.

The ship continued toward San Diego through the night and arrived at 2 a.m., Tuesday.

The mother and baby were taken to Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for further care.

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