(LONDON) — A British woman, a Royal Artillery gunner, gave birth to a baby boy in Afghanistan while on duty. She did not know she was pregnant, according to the BBC.
The baby was born on Tuesday in Camp Bastion. The Ministry of Defense said the solider and her child are in stable condition.
Although the British military policy does not allow servicewomen to deploy if they know they are pregnant, the solider only learned of her pregnancy when she complained of stomach pains before giving birth.
The BBC report that this is the first time in history that a British soldier has given birth while on the front line.
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