The British servicewoman who gave birth while serving on the frontline in Afghanistan has reportedly been named as Lance Bombardier Lynette Pearce.
The 28-year-old was rushed to the field hospital in Camp Bastion, Helmand province, last week with stomach pains
L/Bdr Pearce, who was apparently unaware she was pregnant, is now back in the UK with her baby boy, and is thought to be in John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
She is understood to be the first servicewoman to give birth on the frontline in the history of the British armed forces.
'We can confirm that on September 18 a UK servicewoman serving in Afghanistan gave birth at the hospital at Camp Bastion to a baby boy,' the Ministry of Defence said.
'It is not military policy to allow servicewomen to deploy on operations if they are pregnant. In this instance the MoD was unaware of her pregnancy.'
L/Bdr Pearce, a talented sportswoman who captained her native Fiji's football team, passed every fitness test while pregnant and completed a gruelling-eight mile march with a 25lb backpack.
A friend who did not wish to be named told the Daily Mail: 'Everyone is congratulating her and is really happy for Lynette. We are absolutely stunned at her amazing news. She can't believe it and neither can we. Her life is going to totally change.
'I can't wait to see her. She is getting a lot of support from all her friends and family in Britain and in her regiment. She loves the Army and was very keen to fight in Afghanistan. She is determined and committed. Now I am sure she will put her son first.'