A pregnant Connecticut woman who was six weeks due unexpectedly gave birth to her son during a September flight to the Dominican Republic. In an interview with WFSB, Kendria Rhoden said she was sleeping on the flight when her son decided it was time to be welcomed into the world.
“Everything just happened so fast, it just happened so quick,” Rhoden recalled. “While I was asleep I felt someone kick me in my stomach and then my water broke.”
Rhoden was eventually helped by nurses who were on the flight. But her delivery did not take that long. “They were like ‘oh don’t push, don’t push because we don’t see any head,’” Rhoden recalled. “I’m like ‘the babies [sic] coming!’”
Rhoden decided to name her son Skylen to represent his unexpected place of birth. Following his birth, the mother and son ended up remaining in the Dominican Republic for a few weeks. But they experienced some setbacks. They eventually returned to the United States where little Skylen was evaluated at a hospital.
“I feel good now because I’m home and he’s safe, he’s where he needs to be right now,” said Rhoden. “So, I would say I’m happier than I was in the Dominican Republic.”
Skylen’s place of birth on his passport was listed as “in the air.”