Woman Gives Birth on Carnival Ship

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Carnival Cruise Lines says a 30-year-old woman gave birth to a baby girl last week on the Carnival Paradise as the ship was returning to Long Beach, Calif., following a 4-day Baja cruise.

Such an occurrence is rarer than you might think, as cruise lines have restrictions for pregnant passengers.

Carnival, for instance, does not allow women to cruise if they are more than 24 weeks pregnant, and requires all obviously pregnant women to have a doctor's note saying they are in good health and what their estimated due date is. There was no word on when this particular bundle of joy had been due to arrive, other than that she was early.

Cruise ships do have doctors onboard, of course, but delivering babies is not a specialty – more common passenger needs are treatment for seasickness, cuts and bruises.

Carnival says the woman and baby were evacuated from the 2,056-passenger ship by a U.S. Coast Guard boat and taken to a shoreside medical center in California. The ship then continued with its scheduled itinerary.

Cruise Critic is reporting passengers on the Paradise as saying a loud speaker announcement said mother and baby were doing fine.
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