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Barmaid has surprise baby after mistaking labour for backache

Baby girl born on the loo to mum who didn’t know she was pregnant

Posted: 17 June 2010
by Kimberley Smith
Incredible though it seems, Joanne had no idea she was pregnancy

It may seem impossible but 22-year-old new mum Joanne Weller had no idea she was pregnant right up to giving birth. The barmaid from Cambridgeshire felt an urge to push after assuming her labour pains were just backache. She rushed to the toilet in time to give birth to a 6lb 7oz healthy baby, Madison Grace.

“I wasn’t even showing a bump, there was no clue I was pregnant,” explained Joanne. She also continued to have her periods right up until she gave birth to Madison, who was 4 weeks early.

Shocked Joanne couldn’t believe the baby in the toilet bowl was hers. Luckily for baby Madison, Joanne’s quick-thinking mum Valerie scooped her up to safety.

“My mum came in and pulled her out and said to me ‘it’s a baby’. I was in shock and panicking,” said Joanne.

Despite drinking throughout her pregnancy, completely unaware of her growing baby, doctors have ruled out the possibility of baby Madison suffering from Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Mum and baby are both doing well and are now back home with Joanne’s parents. “It was just one of those things and you get on with it,” said proud new gran Valerie. “Now we have a lovely granddaughter,” she added.

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