21 Sep 2012

Fiji born British servicewoman gives birth in Afghanistan

6:58 am on 21 September 2012

A team of doctors has flown to Afghanistan after a British servicewoman gave birth to a boy having not realised she was pregnant.

Originally from Fiji, the unnamed Royal Artillery gunner is said to have only learned she was about to give birth on Tuesday after having stomach pains.

The Ministry of Defence says mother and baby are stable in Camp Bastion, Helmand province.

The woman went to Afghanistan in March and her baby was five weeks premature.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defence says it's is not military policy to allow servicewomen to deploy on operations if they are pregnant but in this instance it was unaware of her pregnancy.