'I didn't know what to think': mid-flight birth inspires baby boy's unique name

Mum Chrystal Hicks with baby Sky.
Mum Chrystal Hicks with baby Sky. Photo: Chrystal Hicks

When it comes to birth stories, this one is unique - so it's not surprising mum Chrystal Hicks decided to use it as inspiration for her new baby boy's name. 

The mother of a baby born on an airplane that was taking her to a hospital in Anchorage, USA has named her son Sky because of his unique birth and first experience.

Ms Hick gave birth to Sky Airon Hicks on August 5 around 1am, after boarding a plane to be flown from the small Alaskan community of Glennallen to a hospital, KTUU-TV reported. She was 35 weeks pregnant.

"I was just having contractions and it wouldn't stop, and it kept getting stronger and they thought we were going to make it," Hicks said. "But we obviously didn't make it very far."

Hicks gave birth less than an hour into the flight, she said.

"It was shocking, it was really weird at first, I didn't know what to think," Hicks said. "But everybody kept talking about the baby on the plane."

Hicks and her son made it safely to the hospital. Sky was placed on a breathing machine when he arrived since he was born a month premature. The baby is expected to be discharged from the hospital next week.

Hicks said filing out the birth certificate information was difficult because they were about 5,500 metres in the air.

"I just put Anchorage," Hicks said. "I didn't want to put on a plane or in the sky."

Hicks has three other children — ages three, nine and 11.