Story at a glance

  • A woman who gave birth at 29 weeks while on a flight to Hawaii says she had no idea she was pregnant.
  • Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga, who gave birth with the help a physician and three neonatal nurses who were also on the flight said the baby was a complete surprise.
  • Baby Raymond, born 29 weeks early, will need to spend the next 10 weeks in a neonatal care unit, Mounga said.

A woman who gave birth at 29 weeks while on a flight to Hawaii says she had no idea she was pregnant. 

Lavinia “Lavi” Mounga, who gave birth with the help of Dale Glenn, a Hawaii Pacific Health family medicine physician, along with neonatal nurses Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho, said the baby was a complete surprise, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

“I just didn’t know I was pregnant, and then this guy just came out of nowhere,” Mounga said during a video interview with Hawaii Pacific Health, adding it was a relief to have a medical team on the plane. 

“Yeah, just overwhelming and just nice that there was three NICU nurses on the plane and a doctor that were able to help stabilize him and make sure that he was OK,” Mounga added. 


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Baby Raymond, born 29 weeks early, will need to spend the next 10 weeks in a neonatal care unit, Mounga said. 

Mounga said her father wanted to honor the doctor who helped deliver the baby and suggested that the infant be named after Dale Glenn. But the new mother wanted to go in a different direction. Instead, she chose a middle name offered by Glenn: “Kaimana.”

“Names are pretty important in our culture,” said Mounga, who is Tongan. “I didn’t really want to name him Glenn.”

Glenn and the trio of nurses were able to visit Mounga in the hospital after the flight, and emotions were high, according to Ho. 

“We all just teared up. She called us family and said we’re all his aunties, and it was so great to see them,” said Ho.

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Published on May 06, 2021