Teenager gives birth without having known she was pregnant

Sometimes life surprises us. Sometimes we surprise ourselves. A combination of both happened to Emma Crofts-Wilson, a 19-year-old from New Zealand. 

One night Emma took a painkiller for a back and stomach ache and then went to bed. The next day she felt weird but tried not to think about it.

She was alone at home in the kitchen when she felt something strange between her legs. She looked down and couldn’t begin to understand what she saw: a head coming out. She was giving birth!

“I didn’t know what was happening. I just felt a major stinging feeling and when I looked down I saw a head,” she said. “That’s when it hit me. The next thing I knew, I had a baby in my arms."

She'd had no idea that she was even pregnant. For nine months. And then, out of the blue, she was delivering her own baby on the kitchen floor. In a state of shock, she lost nearly a quart of blood but still managed to get out a pair of scissors and cut the umbilical cord herself. Then she wrapped the baby in a towel. 

Shortly afterward she texted her mother what must have been the nuttiest sms of all time to receive: “Please don’t be mad or angry, but I’ve just had a baby. I don’t know what to do.”

Emma tried to clean the fluids from the kitchen floor and then her family arrived. They took her and the baby to the hospital, asking who in the world the father was.

But Emma couldn't even remember his name. She had met someone and spent one night with him over the holidays. She had no contact information, she only knew he was Australian. In any case, it was the least of her concerns now.

The medical team in the delivery room cleaned her up and helped her deliver the placenta. She named her new daughter Hannah-Marie.

It’s rare, but sometimes women don’t know they’re pregnant, especially if they’re used to irregular periods and occasional weight gain. Some women don’t actually gain much weight while pregnant, which can also be deceptive. Plus, Emma had been wearing loose-fitting clothing so no one else noticed anything either.

Usually people prepare for nine months, or sometimes much longer. In this case, she just had moments and her life as a mother had launched. There's obviously a lesson for all of us in there about casual and unprotected sex, but for now, very good luck and congratulations to Emma, however unexpected!

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