Every now and then you hear on the news that a woman has given birth to a baby and never realized that she was pregnant. Oh, come on now, there are enough changes in a woman's body for her to know that something is up....it just astounds me that nine months can go by without the woman suspecting a thing.....unless you are numb from the neck down, or two cards short of a deck.
Surprise! You're having a baby
Thursday, May 15, 2003 Posted: 10:51 AM EDT (1451 GMT)
LAKELAND, Florida (AP) -- A woman who went to the emergency room thinking she was having an anxiety attack ended up giving birth in a hospital restroom.
"She didn't realize she was pregnant," Lakeland Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Cindy Sternlicht said. "When they asked if she had any reason to believe she was pregnant, she said, 'No.'"
Other patients waiting in the emergency room Tuesday heard the woman's screams from the restroom. They later broke into applause when a nurse emerged with the baby girl wrapped in a pink blanket.
Sternlicht said there was no time to get the woman on a stretcher or to a room.
About 25 nurses and paramedics surrounded the woman while she gave birth.
Sheila Holton was at the hospital when the 1:20 p.m. birth occurred.
"I was hysterical because this lady was screaming bloody murder," Holton said.
The mother asked that no information be released about her or her child. Officials said the baby is healthy and that the mother was "healthy and smiling."