Woman shocked to deliver baby at dentist

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A young woman who went to the dentist while suffering stomach pains was shocked when she suddenly gave birth in the dentist's chair.

Jessica Aaldering, 23, had no idea she was pregnant when she was walking past the practice of dentist Rene Klaassen in the town of Velp in the province Gelderland in the Netherlands, and suddenly started to get stomach pains.

She said she had just taken her son to the child centre when the pain started, and she was barely able to stand.

"It was slippery and I had fallen over a short while before so I assumed the pain was from that," she said.

Jessica Aaldering pictured in a selfie.
Jessica Aaldering unexpectedly gave birth in a dental hospital in the Netherlands. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

She was outside the dental surgery at the time, and a passing police officer believed she was in difficulty and helped her inside the surgery where it was discovered she was about to have a baby.

Police officers Rob van Duuren and Milan van der Heijden said that staff members provided a treatment room, and a few minutes later the baby was born.

Police officer Van Duuren, 39, said he barely had time to put his gloves on when the baby was born and he just managed to catch it, but was unable to prevent the umbilical cord from tearing.

The next drama was when he realised the baby was not breathing, and had not opened his eyes or made a sound.

The baby named Herman pictured in an incubator.
The baby was named Herman after being born in a matter of minutes at the dentist. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

He said he started massaging the infant, and was relieved when it suddenly started moving and breathing.

The emergency services arrived five minutes later and provide oxygen to the baby, who has been given the name Herman, and he was taken to Radboud Hospital in Nijmegen where he was diagnosed with a collapsed lung but is reportedly doing well.

Jessica said she was stunned to find that she was pregnant as she regularly had her period over the past few months and there was no indication.

"It all happened so quickly, I barely had time to sit in the dentist chair," she said.

- Australscope

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