Woman discovers she’s pregnant giving birth in bathroom after night on the tiles
A woman told by doctors she was infertile found out she was pregnant when giving birth on her bathroom floor after a night on the tiles.
Carla Macpherson, 22, from Swansea, South Wales, has endometriosis and believed she would never be able to have children.
But feeling stomach pains after a night out dancing and drinking, she was shocked to discover she was actually pregnant and going into labour.
Carla, a customer service development manager, was told at 15 that she wouldn’t be able to have children.
She and her boyfriend since 2018, electrician Jaiden Mathias, 24, had made their peace with it.
She regularly had the contraceptive injection and one night in May 2019, Carla put on her black bodysuit and skinny jeans and went out with friends.
“That night, my friend bought us all vodka shots, then I drank eight vodkas and orange”, she recalls. “We danced the night away and had the time of our lives.”
But arriving at her boyfriends’ parents’ house at 6am she felt serious pain in her stomach which she thought was appendicitis.
She took painkillers and tried to sleep, but woke up crying in pain and went to the bathroom.
“I was terrified, I had no idea what was happening”, she said. After a few minutes she looked down to see blood covering the toilet bowl.
“I started to feel something heavy between my thighs. And then a head appeared.
“I screamed for Jaiden, who then went to fetch his mum. I braced myself against the wall and continued to push.
“Seconds later, Jaiden burst through the door and quickly held out his hands to catch the baby.”
Carla had given birth to a baby boy who weighed 8lbs 5oz, who she later named Oscar.
“I never expected I would go on a night out and end up with a baby”, she said. “I am just so thankful he was born healthy.”
She and the baby were taken to a hospital, where her mum Fiona, 61, arrived to see her.
“She gave me a big hug and told me everything would be fine and that she would help me look after him. But we were both in a complete state of shock”, she said.
The doctor told her the baby had its back against hers, which is why there was no bump, and that while it was extremely rare to get pregnant with her health condition, it can happen.
Macpherson said: “Just a few hours ago I had been a normal 20-year-old clubbing with friends. Now I was a mother with a newborn baby. It was surreal.”
She was later diagnosed with postnatal depression and PTSD and received therapy and medication.
Today Oscar is two years old and happy and healthy.
She added: “I couldn’t be happier being a mum and can’t wait to tell Oscar the story of how he came into the world.”