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Woman gives birth an hour after finding out she's expecting

Mother sleeping with newborn baby on bed
(stock photo)
Mother sleeping with newborn baby on bed (stock photo)

Sarah-Jane Murphy

A woman was shocked to find out she was expecting a child, just about an hour before she gave birth.

Judy Brown, 47, from Massachusetts went to her local hospital, presenting with with severe abdominal pain.

She initially suspected the pain was a blockage or gall stone, but medical staff quickly figured out she was in labour.

"It was a little bit scary getting into the hospital thinking something was really bad was going on," Brown told ABC News.

"To understand and take in that was I pregnant and was about to go into labor … it was very overwhelming."

Brown wasted no time in giving birth to a healthy daughter, her first child, weighing 8lb 2oz only an hour later.

Her husband of 22 years, Jason Brown was by her side.

The couple named the unexpected bundle of joy Carolyn Rose in honour of both of their mothers.

Both baby and mother are doing well according to a hospital spokesperson.

Brown said it hadn’t occurred to her that she might be pregnant at this stage of her life.

"After being married for 22 years it was not really there in my mind," she said.

The couple had to borrow some key baby items like a car seat and a bassinet in order to enable them to leave the hospital.

Dr. Kim Gecsi, an obstetrician at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said that in rare cases some women do not realise they're pregnant until shortly before giving birth.

"People don’t know sometimes or they’re in denial about it and denial can be pretty strong," Gecsi said.

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