Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Soldier has baby on the frontline:...gives birth after Taliban raid
Daily Mail ^ | 9-19-12 | Ian Drury, David Williams

Posted on 09/19/2012 5:29:28 PM PDT by STARWISE

Complete title:

Soldier has baby on the frontline: Doctors sent from the UK as Army girl - who didn't even know she was pregnant - gives birth after Taliban raid

###

Royal Artillery gunner who was deployed with the 12th Mechanised Brigade gives birth to baby five weeks premature

Fijian soldier had passed her pre-deployment training, including an eight-mile march and five-mile run, without realising she was pregnant

British Army handbook editor says top brass will need to 'start thinking very, very carefully' about how female soldiers are tested before deployment

*snip*

The woman had a son in Camp Bastion on Tuesday – just days after the Taliban launched a deadly attack on the UK’s main base in Helmand.

The baby was born five weeks premature. Last night both mother and child were said to be doing well.

A paediatric team from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford will travel to Afghanistan in the next few days to provide care for the soldier and her son on their RAF flight home.

The birth has stunned military chiefs and led to calls for extra medical checks on women who are sent to the warzone.

Almost 200 troops have discovered they were pregnant at war since 2003 – forcing commanders to send them straight back to Britain. But this is the first time a UK soldier has given birth to a baby in Afghanistan.

*snip*

She had been deployed with the 12th Mechanised Brigade since March, but two days ago complained of severe stomach pains.

To her astonishment, medics informed her that she was about to give birth.

She was in the 34th week of her pregnancy, meaning she conceived before flying to Afghanistan for her six-month tour of duty.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; birth; soldier; taliban; uk
Holymoly ..
1 posted on 09/19/2012 5:29:35 PM PDT by STARWISE
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

I hope she figured out what caused that.


2 posted on 09/19/2012 5:33:22 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson

LOL ...


3 posted on 09/19/2012 5:36:02 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

If it was a boy then he has to be named Conan.


4 posted on 09/19/2012 5:36:08 PM PDT by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

She knew.


5 posted on 09/19/2012 5:36:58 PM PDT by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE
Call me skeptical, over 7 months pregnant and didn't know it?

Maybe in denial and wishing she wasn't?

6 posted on 09/19/2012 5:37:17 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

Who knows?

Maybe Fiji needs to step up their human physiology unit in biology class.


7 posted on 09/19/2012 5:40:10 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

I know .. but it apparently does happen. I sure can see how the extreme stress of the battlefield would affect or even interrupt the hormonal cycles .. stress’ll do that as will other issues. Do women really belong on the frontlines ??

Women Who Don’t Realize They’re Pregnant

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2010/04/07/women-dont-realize-theyre-pregnant/


8 posted on 09/19/2012 5:41:58 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: jazusamo

search term

woman didn’t know she was pregnant

http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=A0oG7jvvZVpQlhAAPGNXNyoA?p=woman%20didn%27t%20know%20she%20was%20pregnant&fr2=sb-top&fr=moz35


9 posted on 09/19/2012 5:42:55 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE
mix young men and young women for extended periods in foreign places under high stress and loneliness...=”unexpected”
10 posted on 09/19/2012 5:43:19 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson
A paediatric team from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford will travel to Afghanistan in the next few days to provide care for the soldier and her son on their RAF flight home.

That'll take a nice little chunk outta their Defence budget.

Wonder who's much-more-deserving ox gets gored for that bit of PC nonsense ?!

Maybe they do a lottery . . tough luck chap, this is your day to get screwed !


11 posted on 09/19/2012 5:45:50 PM PDT by tomkat (parliament of whores, mulatto pimp, cabal of commissars . . . what could go wrong ?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

That is really is odd. My niece is in the Air Force, and was going to be shipped to Afghanistan, the Air Force does pregnancy tests before women are sent (ten days before), so they never ship pregnant women. To her surprise and the delight of her and her husband, she was pregnant and didn’t have to go, babe is due on Christmas Day.
Yes, she is put back on the rotation, but not until the babe is at lease six months old.


12 posted on 09/19/2012 5:50:27 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE
(Shaking head.)

It's not unusual to hear about women giving birth who didn't realize they were pregnant --- though this is the first time I've heard on an unaware-pregnant soldier in a combat zone, yeesh.

I've never understood this.You gain 12 - 15 pounds in blood volume/ fluids/ placenta/ uterus elargement alone ---- that's not even counting the baby ---- and you don't notice? You don't have a period for 9 months, and you don't notice? Really?? That's what I'd call being "asleep at the wheel."

I'm post-menopausal now, but from ages 12 to 52, I was always aware of where I was in my cycle. I didn't do NFP-style charting, but starting at 12 I always kept a record at least of first day of the cycle.

I just can't even grasp the mentality of a woman who doesn't know what's going on in her body.

Plus, women and soldiering don't mix. OK, I said it. I'm not a gender-Victorian, but I really believe in "Vive le difference"....

13 posted on 09/19/2012 5:52:12 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson

14 posted on 09/19/2012 5:52:38 PM PDT by Bratch
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE
Yes, apparently it does happen. I've read and seen TV segments about this in the past and having seen a few woman who claimed this that were obese I can understand, maybe. When it comes to women in the military the overwhelming majority are in very fit shape to good shape and this woman was nearly 8 months along. The wife and I have discussed this at times when these stories have come out, she was an LVN in the Army when we married but that makes neither of us experts. :)

Do women really belong on the frontlines ??

JMHO...Absolutely NOT.

15 posted on 09/19/2012 5:58:57 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: svcw

Good for her! Guess the UK military hasn’t been doing thorough pre-deployment checks, which does sound weird. Then again, it could all be the gal’s coverup for a pregnancy that occurred there.


16 posted on 09/19/2012 6:03:39 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o

AMEN, sister!


17 posted on 09/19/2012 6:05:15 PM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson
immaculate conception i'm sure...
18 posted on 09/19/2012 6:06:05 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

My first thought was that the Brits had cut back their Army so much that they were relegated to sending pregnant women into combat because they had too few men serving after the latest round of cuts. And probably in response to feminazis who demand that women can serve anywhere, anytime, no matter what.

News Item: While manning her machine gun, Pvt Cindy Jones broke the back of a Taliban attack yet had time between bursts to self-deliver a 8.8lb baby daughter, wrap it in a spare camo cloth and resume firing the machine gun for another 3 hours of the assualt.


19 posted on 09/19/2012 6:09:47 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o
i never heard of a baby that didn't move around in the womb from time to time either...
20 posted on 09/19/2012 6:12:18 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

Interesting question: how do we test females prior to deployment.
Answer: EPT


21 posted on 09/19/2012 6:15:08 PM PDT by tbw2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson

The idiots that are in charge of our military will never figure it out...they cann’t find their ass using both hands.. I have been PG 6 times and that woman wasn’t doing much of anything....except maybe asking one of our soldiers to help her up the hill....


22 posted on 09/19/2012 6:21:26 PM PDT by goat granny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

That is a possibility, probably the most likely reason.
This will be my nieces third child while in the Air Force, her husband is special forces.
They have always been stationed together, which has been great.
Everyone was surprised and excited by the new baby.


23 posted on 09/19/2012 6:21:40 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Chode
Oh, absolutely. Early in pregnancy it's not much --- jus a little fluttering, you could tell yourself you have a nervous tummy or something --- but at 5 or 6 months, geez, as soon as you lay down the little wiggler starts with the elbows and knees.

I don't see how you could think that all that pushing and rummaging around was indigestion!!

24 posted on 09/19/2012 6:28:33 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("God bless the child that's got his own." Billie Holiday / Arthur Herzog Jr)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: TurboZamboni
Bingo!...You can't put a women in a foxhole with a 18-24 yr old guy and not expect the “unexpected”

Maybe someday...but at this point.... we haven't evolved enough as a species.....

25 posted on 09/19/2012 6:33:52 PM PDT by M-cubed
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: STARWISE

Had this happen in Germany in 1980. Nobody knew she was PG. Discharges shortly therafter


26 posted on 09/19/2012 6:46:13 PM PDT by timlilje
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mrs. Don-o

Out of five kids I had one who had almost no detectable movement. I kept having to go for ultrasounds to keep track of her. The Doctor told me it was because the placenta was at the front of my belly, effectively cushioning all the kicks.

As far as not showing, I’m going to go for a combination of small baby, tilted uterus, and rock hard abs....


27 posted on 09/19/2012 6:49:59 PM PDT by Eepsy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Eepsy

You’re probably right. Them’s things I never had.... :o}


28 posted on 09/20/2012 2:53:25 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("God bless the child that's got his own." Billie Holiday / Arthur Herzog Jr)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson