Nightclub worker, 23, gives birth in a car park after having no clue she was pregnant
A woman who had no clue she was pregnant gave birth after a shift at a club.
- Sally Smith, 23, gave birth right after a night shift at a club, having no idea she was pregnant.
- Throughout her pregnancy, Smith didn’t gain weight and had regular periods, so she was not aware that she was carrying a child.
- On March 10, 2020, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy named Gabriel.
Sally Smith, 23, spent her entire pregnancy unaware that she was about to become a mother. At the time, she was working as a waitress at some of the UK’s biggest festivals. But, apparently, life had other plans for her.
As per Daily Mail, the young mother was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, after suffering severe stomach cramps. To her surprise, the paramedics told her that not only she was pregnant, but she was in labor. What’s more, as the baby was already on the way, she had to give birth in the ambulance in the hospital’s car park.
Sally’s son Gabriel was born on March 10, 2020, weighing 5lbs 3oz.
The young mom had no idea she was pregnant because she had used contraception, had regular periods and remained size 10-12 throughout the entire time.
Sally describes her unusual birth experience as the “most surreal thing ever.” As for her surprise baby son, she says he is “the best thing that’s ever happened” to her. The 23-year-old mom-of-one shares:
“I had no idea I was pregnant until I went into labour. I didn’t put on any weight, had no bump, and was probably skinnier then than I am now. If I had a drink after work, I was always sick, and people would joke that I was pregnant, and I’d be like: ‘If I was pregnant, I’d be eight months pregnant now’ – that was kind of the running joke at work for a while.
I had really bad back pain when I was seven or eight months pregnant, but that was when I started my new job, and I was heaving kegs around all day and moving deliveries, so I put it down to the fact that I was working so much.”
Thankfully, Sally was not alone while in labor. The moment she felt the “really intense” stomach cramps, she called her sister to ask her for advice. She suggested a bath might help, and that’s exactly when the young mom believes her waters must have broken.
Sally’s sister called an ambulance right after she arrived.
When the paramedic walked in, the mom-to-be was lying on the floor, and the baby’s head was already visible.
“She[the paramedic] said: ‘Well, we can see a head, you’re definitely having a baby.’
I would expect I would freak out, but I was so calm and just like ‘Right, this is what I’ve got to do. There’s no way that I can’t.’ By the time they got there, I was already pushing.”
All she could think about at the time was that she needed to “get this bit over with.” She adds:
“We got in the ambulance, and we could already see his head, and as we were pulling up to the hospital, that’s where I gave birth. It was just kind of the most surreal thing ever – I don’t think anything is ever going to top it. It was just a bit crazy.”
Luckily, Sally’s family happened to be incredibly supportive.
The mom’s father was beyond happy to welcome his grandson. Even the nurses told her that they had never seen anyone smile so much.
At first, Sally was concerned about whether she would be able to continue working now that she was a mother. However, the moment she hugged her son for the first time, she knew she was capable of anything “because he’s here.”
“As soon as I held him, I was filled with love and totally obsessed with him from the start.”
Back in 2019, Sally had “the best summer of her life,” not knowing she was already pregnant.
As a typical twenty-something-year-old, she was making the most of her time, while also working long shifts at the nightclub. She recalls:
“I worked all of the festivals in the summer of 2019 – I went to Glastonbury and worked at Kendal Calling, Parklife, and quite a few of those when I would have been pregnant. I was changing barrels when I was nine months pregnant. It was literally a couple of days before I gave birth.”
But her pregnancy was not the only unexpected thing that happened to her. Right after she came out of the hospital, the whole country went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Her friends and relatives who wanted to see her paid her and her son window visits to avoid putting them at risk.
Gabriel’s father also couldn’t visit his newborn son for several months because of the Covid-19 restrictions.
“It was hard having a newborn baby but I just pushed through it. He’s just the cheekiest little lad in the world and is so funny. He’ll run about and chat on, and is just the loveliest little lad, he’s just such a dream. He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”