Migrant Woman Gives Birth At San Diego Border Station Moments After Being Apprehended

Brittany M. Hughes | February 20, 2020
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A migrant woman apprehended after crossing the Southwest U.S. border illegally gave birth to a baby just moments later at a border patrol station new San Diego.

According to reports, border agents say they spotted the 27-year-old pregnant Guatemalan woman with a man and two children walking in the desert near Otay Mesa, saying they think the group used a ladder to get over the area’s border fence. 

From the San Diego Tribune:

Once they got to the Chula Vista station, the woman, the baby’s father and the two children underwent a routine medical assessment and the woman began to go into labor, officials said.

…The woman gave birth around 3 p.m., and the two were transported to a hospital for further care.

“Thanks to the medical resources available in our stations, this woman and her child were well cared for and received immediate medical attention,” Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a statement, per the San Diego Tribune “Our agents are well trained to manage the unexpected, and I’m proud of the work they did in caring for this mother.”

The article also notes that there have been 33 pregnancy-related hospital visits from the San Diego border sector alone since the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1.

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