“I didn’t know I was pregnant!” Woman has shock 10 minute toilet labour
18:07 24 January 2014
East London woman Emma O’Doherty felt a little under the weather but got the surprise of her life when she went into a shock labour in her local polyclinic’s toilets.
The 24-year-old had no idea she was pregnant when she gave birth in the cubicle in just TEN minutes.
Partner Gary Beechey, 28, said: “I will never forget the image of my partner’s face when I walked in the bathroom.”
Doctors and nurses rushed to help Emma as she had her baby in lightening-quick speed.
Mum and little Harry, who weighed 7lb 13oz, are safe and well after the ordeal, which happened at Harold Wood Polyclinic in east London.
Emma had left work at Creative Kids Nursery in Gidea Park for a check-up because she felt under the weather, completely oblivious to her precious stowaway.
Dad Gary recalled: “She’d not been feeling well for a few days and thought she had an infection so her friend took her to the polyclinic.
“She went to the toilet and she called me asking me to come because she had bad stomach pains. I got there just in time.”
Emma, who already has two children, could not have been in a better place for the surprise birth but it was a terrifying moment.
Jake Portsmouth was waiting for an appointment with his GP as the drama unfolded.
He said: “It was so weird that it was happening in the room next to me and I didn’t hear a thing.
“I think it was a shock to everyone. It was one of the most surreal things.”
Polyclinic staff said they were “absolutely delighted” to help with the surprise arrival.
Members of the public, who had been cleared out of centre, cheered the family as they left.
Gary, who works as a roofer, said it was an “emotional moment”, although he had difficulty taking it all in.
He added: “I can’t praise the polyclinic enough – they were fantastic.”
An ambulance took them to Queen’s Hospital, in Romford, where Emma and Harry were kept under observation until Tuesday.
They are now back home.