A woman gave birth to a surprise baby – after she started having contractions during a cocktail night out with the girls.
Rescuer Lavinia Stanton, 23, experienced ‘the shock of her life’ after welcoming little Willow into the world last month with her partner electrician Cameron Wroot, 25.
The mother-of-one from Halifax, West Yorkshire, left the restaurant at 10pm after experiencing cramps – which she later discovered were contractions – and decided to visit her mother’s house nearby.
Lavinia’s own mother, hairdresser, Amanda Hardcastle, 42, waited an hour before calling 111 and was told by the caller to go to the hospital if her daughter’s pain got worse.
Support worker Lavinia Stanton, had baby Willow just hours after finding out she was pregnant, pictured with partner, Cameron Wroot, at home near Halifax, West York
A shocked Lavinia was rushed to the delivery ward with baby Willow who was born at 8:54 am via caesarean section and weighed 6lbs 1oz. In the photo: Baby Willow sleeping shortly after birth
The rescuer (left) had been enjoying Pornstar Martinis on a night out with her two close friends who were totally unaware that she was eight and a half months pregnant
The couple visited her local emergency room at 2 a.m. where she was asked to take a urine sample and within minutes the doctors confirmed she was in labour.
A shocked Lavinia was rushed to the delivery ward with baby Willow who was born at 8:54 am via caesarean section and weighed 6lbs 1oz.
Just ten hours earlier, the rescuer had been enjoying Pornstar Martinis on a night out with her two close friends who were completely unaware that she was eight and a half months pregnant.
She said she had her period during the hidden pregnancy and had two negative pregnancy tests just weeks before her surprise bundle of joy arrived.
Lavinia and Cameron have spent the past few weeks trying to convince themselves that they are going to be first-time parents. In the picture during her pregnancy
Both she and Cameron have had their sights set on being first-time parents for the past few weeks.
Lavinia, from Halifax, West Yorks, who thought the few extra pounds she’d gained were just lockdown weight, said, “I’m still in shock.
“A few weeks have now passed and I am slowly getting started.
“Of course I’ve put on a bit of weight lately, but I thought that was just a fixed weight like everyone else.”
Lavinia thought she had gained some weight, but assumed it was just a fixed weight like everyone else. Pictured during her pregnancy (left)
“I went to my friends for dinner and a few drinks. With everything open it just seemed like a normal night.
‘During dinner I got what felt like cramps and I made a comment to my friends.
“When we left, it hurt really bad, so I went to my mother to lie down.
“She said she should leave it for an hour before calling 111 to see if the pain was over, but it was really, really painful.
When Lavinia’s mom called 111, she described the pain as ‘like she was having contractions’, but it was just a passing comment
“Even when my mom called 111, she even said ‘it’s like she’s having contractions,’ but that was just a passing comment.
“The 111 caller couldn’t really diagnose it and suggested going to the ER if the pain wouldn’t go away.”
“When I got there, I thought they’d say I had appendicitis or some kind of infection.”
“The doctors saw the pain I was in and looking back I think they knew it.
The doctors initially diagnosed Lavinia with an infection before realizing that her pain was actually due to an unknown pregnancy
“I did a urine test and then they came to tell me that I was being moved to another ward and that I was in labor.
“I think I was just quiet and then came out with, ‘Are you kidding?’
“I really didn’t expect to hear that not only was I pregnant, but that my baby was on the way.
‘I really had no idea. No one else either.
The counselor had periods during the hidden pregnancy and had two negative pregnancy tests just weeks before her surprise bundle of joy arrived. In the photo 2.5 weeks old
Lavinia took her second pregnancy test a month before she gave birth. She developed severe stomach pains that prevented her from walking
“I hadn’t done anything crazy back then, like bungee jumping off a cliff, but I still had long days with it.
‘I had not experienced any symptoms of pregnancy.
“No morning sickness, no kicks in the stomach, nothing.
‘I took two pregnancy tests a few weeks earlier, but they were negative.
“My boyfriend told me to take one when I had a really bad migraine and ended up getting sick.
‘The second was a month before I gave birth. I got a really bad stomachache that prevented me from walking for a minute or so.’
‘But that came out negative again.
“I was supposed to gain about a stone and a half, but I attributed that to the lockdown weight.
The couple are still in shock at the surprise arrival, but are quickly adjusting to becoming new parents
Four days before Lavinia gave birth, her partner said she looked a little different, unaware that she was actually 38 weeks pregnant
“I didn’t look like I had a pregnant belly, just that I was a dress size bigger.”
“The week before I had a stomachache, but it felt like a cramp.”
“Even my partner didn’t clock. We talked about it when he came to see me in the hospital.’
“He said he thought I looked a little different four days earlier. But I had Willow in me for 38 weeks!’
“At the beginning of the pandemic, I didn’t think I’d have a daughter by the end.”
“But she’s here and Cameron and I are in love with her.”
How common are cryptic pregnancies?
One in 450 pregnant women in the UK don’t know they’re going to have a baby until week 20 of their pregnancy (mid-way through), and one in 2500 women aren’t aware until they go into labor.
It’s a phenomenon known as cryptic pregnancy – also known as “pregnancy denial.”
Cryptic pregnancies usually affect young women who have never had a pregnancy, or women who think they have gone through menopause and choose not to use birth control.
Women with irregular menstrual cycles are also more likely to miss signs they expect. This is especially true in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), where small cysts grow on the ovaries; the hormonal imbalance often leads to irregular or nonexistent periods.
Still, there are some women who continue to have monthly bleeding throughout their pregnancy. In this case, a scan at the local GP may be the only confirmation method.
Women may not expect to be pregnant if they take the Pill – but those who use it religiously can still get pregnant.
Eight in 100 women can get pregnant while taking the Pill – usually not because of problems with the Pill, but with the taker, either because they missed the Pill, vomited, or had diarrhea.