'I didn't believe it': Mum has surprise birth after stomach pains

·News Reporter
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A NSW mum has given birth just moments after finding out she was pregnant at 36 weeks.

Emma Fitzsimmons was at home with her partner Aaron Barsley and two-year-old son William, last Tuesday, when she started to have severe abdominal pains.

“I was getting really bad pains in the stomach and I didn’t know what it was, it was just getting worse really,” the 25-year-old told Channel Seven's Sunrise program.

“I went into the kitchen and he [Aaron] heard me make noises and he’s come out and said, ‘look we need to go to the hospital, we need to go see what’s going on’.”

Emma, Aaron and Willow just after the birth (left) and Willow Rose (right)
Emma and Aaron were shocked when they found out she was pregnant at 36 weeks. Source: Channel Seven

By the time the couple made it to Port Macquarie Hospital, Emma was “absolutely wailing”.

“I was in so much pain and they basically got me through straight away and they did the abdominal scan and saw the [baby’s] spine and that is when I asked them to have a look again because I didn’t believe it,” she said.

“I just said to her, ‘I can’t have a baby, I'm homeless, we don't have enough room’, and she was like, ‘it’s not something we need to worry about now, we just need to have the baby’.”

With the baby’s heart rate dropping, Emma was rushed in for an emergency caesarean section while the call was made to Aaron to let him know what was going on.

Emma's son William and her daughter Willow look at each other
Emma said her pregnancy was "totally different" from her first when she had William. Source: Channel Seven

By the time he had arrived, Emma had given birth to a healthy baby girl, Willow Rose.

Reflecting on the surprise pregnancy, Emma said she didn’t notice that she had put on any weight.

“I was wearing the same clothes, they still fit me the same, I didn’t feel anything at all.”

“It was just so different to the first pregnancy. With William I found out about him at 11 weeks and I was sick all day every day until about 22 weeks so it was completely different.”

”They said that the reason I might not have felt her was because she could have been sitting all the way at the back and then the placenta was at the front preventing any movements.”

Willow Rose
A healthy Willow Rose was born last Tuesday to a very surprised mum and dad. Source: Channel Seven

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