Unsuspecting woman makes a trip to the loo, ends up giving birth to surprise twins
Beth claims she showed no signs of pregnancy because she was still having her periods, was not eating any more than usual and put the small amount of weight gain down to 'fat'
A young mum had the shock of her life when she got up in the middle of the night thinking she needed the toilet — but instead gave birth to surprise TWINS.
Beth Bamford claims she had no idea she was pregnant and was stunned when she ended up giving birth alone in her bathroom. The 21-year-old, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, gave birth to 5lb 10oz daughter Willow as boyfriend Andy Morris, 22, lay sound asleep just along the landing.
Poor Beth called for an ambulance and emergency services talked her through pushing out the afterbirth — but instead out popped twin Freya weighing 5lb 1oz.
But the new mum was terrified when the baby, who was breech, wasn’t breathing. Thankfully the quick-thinking emergency service caller was able to coach Beth through a lifesaving ‘little shake’ and the smaller twin took her first breath.
Beth, who was already a mum-of-two, had visited her doctor numerous times thinking she was ill but neither the mum nor her doctors realised it was because she was pregnant.
She claims she showed no signs of pregnancy because she was still having her periods, was not eating any more than usual and put the small amount of weight gain down to 'fat'. However Beth says the new babies are a great surprise addition to her family.
Beth said: “It’s a big shock but a nice surprise. I didn’t know I was pregnant at all. I was in bed with my partner and I was getting pains. I didn’t say anything to him but I went downstairs to get a glass of water and they got worse and I thought I needed the toilet."
“I was still sitting on the toilet when I gave birth. I didn’t really have time to feel anything as it was happening. It was a rush. One moment I was getting pain and the next moment I have got two new babies.
“I hadn’t phoned an ambulance but I called the emergency services and they talked me through it as I gave birth to the first one. They told me I needed to get the placenta out. I pushed again but another baby came out, not the placenta. It was a shock.
“The second one wasn’t breathing because she was breech. I was panicking about what to do because I wasn’t sure what to do with one, let alone two. Nobody was answering me when I was shouting and I couldn’t wake my partner up because I was on the floor with the babies and couldn’t move."
“Andy eventually woke up and walked into the bathroom and just looked at me. He went to his mum’s bedroom and said: ‘Beth’s got two babies in the bathroom’. She thought he had lost the plot because she knew we had two children already. Two ambulances came and asked lots of questions, like how far along I was or where my notes were.
“They assumed I knew that information and had notes, but I didn’t. I told them I didn’t know I was pregnant or having twins, but nobody believed me — even my partner thought I had hidden it from him. I had had the shock of giving birth to babies, and then people accusing me of not knowing. I had nothing, no nappies or anything, to take with me to the hospital.”
Doctors believe Beth was around 37 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to the non-identical twins on February 21.
She was told that if she had given birth in hospital, she would have had a C-section because Freya was breech. The newborns and their mum spent a week in hospital where she and the babies were checked over and monitored for signs of distress. But Beth, who is already mum to Elsa-Mae, three, and Alivia, two, was happy when all three of them were given the okay to go home.
Beth said: “I feel lucky because it could have been a lot worse. I have settled down a bit now, but it is scary going from two to four. It helped having a lot of support. I have not had to go to and buy anything for them, because people went out and bought clothes and baskets and things for them.
“I showed no signs of pregnancy and I even had my periods. I have got ulcers in my mouth which stopped me from eating so whatever I was eating went to the babies. During my pregnancy I was just doing normal things. I was lifting heavy things, and if they had known at work, I wouldn’t have been there.
“I am a fussy eater and I don’t go out much anyway but I was still dancing like normal and doing everything that you would do if you’re not pregnant. Doctors thought I had a viral infection. I don’t feel angry. It didn’t pop into my head I could be pregnant. It’s a bit of a struggle but I just have to get on with it.”
Author: Jessica Cripps
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