Woman Soldier Gives Birth On Afghanistan Frontline

try "sans-serif";”>The 21-year-old British service woman had not realized she was pregnant until she complained of stomach pains. The child who was conceived before she arrived in Afghanistan in March was born five weeks prematurely, prescription BBC News reports.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the woman who is a Royal Artillery gunner has not been named yet is said to be in a stable state with her baby.

The UK MoD commented that it is not military policy to allow servicewomen to deploy on operations if they are pregnant.

A Specialist Paediatric team from Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital is said to fly to Afghanistan in the next few days to provide care for the mother and baby on their flight home, BBC News reports

According to BBC defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt, up to 200 servicewomen have been sent home since 2003 from Iraq and Afghanistan when it was discovered they were pregnant, although Last year another female British soldier gave birth two weeks after returning from her six month deployment in Afghanistan.

Further said that this unusual case may fuel further debate over whether more medical checks are needed before the armed forces deploy women to the front lines.

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