Raleigh woman gives birth on Delta flight with help of Atlanta firefighters

25November 2021

Little Analia Acevedo Castaneda came into this world early on a wing and a prayer. Her mom, Liliana Castaneda Avilia, says her due date was Dec. 23.

Liliana’s daughter’s birthday is now documented in pictures taken in the back of a Delta airplane. Just minutes before her daughter was born, Liliana started having contractions on her flight from Guadalajara, Mexico, to Atlanta. Luckily there was a nurse onboard.

“He was like yeah the baby girl is coming, it’s on it’s way, and he was like don’t try to push, because if you push more the baby will come out, so I held those contractions for like 3 hours and 30 minutes on the way here,” said Liliana.

Back on the ground, Juanetta Nash and other Atlanta firefighters were getting ready at the airplane’s gate.

As soon as they could, the boarded the plane to help.

Firefighters help woman give birth on Delta flight

“The airplane was coming in exceedingly fast, faster than normal, so we knew it was an emergency, we knew people were nervous,” said Nash.

“We knew what we were doing, we wanted to make her feel as comfortable as possible, just putting ourself in her shoes, we knew that she was already very uncomfortable,” Nash added.

Liliana says the firefighters helped guide her through the delivery, saying, “They were like, okay are you ready to push, I’m like yeah, I’m ready to push, so I just pushed once and the baby girl came out crying. “

“Once she did deliver, one of the flight attendants got on the microphone and she was able to say, ‘Hey we have a baby girl,’ and everybody started clapping,” Nash said.

It’s now a special birthday for little Analia that her parents are thankful for.

Liliana said, “Thank you to the people that were in the airplane, like the EMS, the fire department, everybody who helped us.”

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