Woman gives birth to surprise baby after contractions on pals’ cocktail night

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A woman was left in shock when a cocktail night out with her girlfriends ended with her going into labour – and she had absolutely no idea she was pregnant.

Lavinia Stanton, 23, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, got "the shock of her life" when she unexpectedly welcomed baby Willow into the world last month.

The support worker had been sipping Pornstar Martinis on a night out with her two close friends when she began experiencing cramps.

She left the restaurant at 10pm and headed to her mum's house nearby.

Her mum, hairdresser Amanda Hardcastle, 42, waited an hour before calling 111 and was told by the caller to pop to hospital if her daughter's pain continued to get worse.

At 2am, the mother and daughter visited their local A&E department, where Lavinia – who was oblivious to the fact she was eight-and-a-half-months pregnant – was asked to do a urine sample.

Within minutes, doctors confirmed she was in labour.

She was then rushed to the labour ward and welcomed baby Willow, weighing 6lbs 1oz, via c-section at 8:54am.

Lavinia said she had periods throughout the pregnancy, and even had two negative pregnancy tests just weeks before her surprise bundle of joy arrived.

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Both she and electrician Cameron Wroot, 25, have spent the past few weeks getting their head around being first-time parents.

Lavinia, who thought the few extra pounds she had put on was just "lockdown weight", said: "I'm still in shock.

"A few weeks have passed now and I'm slowly getting into the swing of things.

"Sure I put on a bit of weight recently but thought that was just lockdown weight like everyone else.

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"Even when my mum was calling 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 A&E if the pain didn't go away.

"When I got there I thought they would say I had appendicitis or had some sort of infection. The doctors saw the pain I was in and looking back I think they sort of knew.

"I did a urine test and then they came back telling me I was being moved to a different ward and that I was in labour.

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"I think I was just silent and then came out with 'Are you joking?'

"I genuinely was not expecting to be told I was not only pregnant, but my baby was on the way!

"I hadn't done anything crazy during that time like bungee jump off a cliff but I was still working long hours throughout it.

"I hadn't experienced any symptoms of pregnancy. No morning sickness, no kicking in the tummy, nothing.

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"I did two pregnancy tests a few weeks before but they came back negative. My friend told me to take one when I had a really bad migraine and ended up being sick.

"The second one was a month before I gave birth. I was getting really bad stomach pains which would leave me unable to walk for a minute or so. But again that came back negative!

"I'd put on around a stone and a half but I put that down to lockdown weight. I didn't look like I had a pregnant belly, just that I had gone up a dress size.

"I had pains in my stomach the week beforehand but it felt like a cramp.

"Even my partner didn't clock. When he came to visit me in hospital we were speaking about it. He said that he thought I looked a bit different four days earlier. But I had Willow in me for 38 weeks!

"At the start of the pandemic I wouldn't have thought I'd have a daughter near the end!

"But she's here and Cameron and I are in love with her!"

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