Mum who thought she was bloated gives birth on toilet as ‘husband catches baby’

A mum who thought she was bloated was left in shock after suddenly giving birth in the bathroom.

Samantha Vallance, from Doncaster, felt a sharp pain in her side in the middle of the night and went to the toilet, before realising that she was going into labour.

The 32-year-old shouted for her husband to help and then gave birth to their baby in the bathroom on Monday, Yorkshire Live reports.

Her husband Richard, 39, has described how he ‘caught the baby coming out’ before he even had time to ring the ambulance.

Richard said: “We were in bed in the early hours and Sam got up to go to the toilet.

“She said she felt a sharp pain down below, next thing she is shouting me saying she was having a baby. I was stunned.

“Sure enough when I got there baby was starting to show so I quickly got some towels and caught the baby coming out.

“It was a very rapid birth. It was too late to ring an ambulance so I checked the babies breathing and it appeared healthy and normal.

“I helped Sam lay down and then kept checking on baby while I rang the ambulance.”

Shortly after that the ambulance arrived and mum and baby were taken to go and get checked over.

Richard said that there were no signs that Samantha was pregnant, she had been a bit bloated but they just put it down to IBS.

She was also on a contraception injection at the time.

Richard added: “In the few moments it had taken between her calling me and then seeing the baby I didn’t believe her.

“I thought it might be a joke at first.”

The couple have yet to decide a name for the baby, who is their fifth child together.

After the birth the family have been inundated with donations to help them since they were so surprised by the arrival.

They have been donated hats, bibs, coats, shoes, bottles, cribs, blankets, nappies and milk to name just a few of the items they have received.

Richard added: “To be honest we were so relieved as we had nothing.

“It makes you feel good that there are good people out there in these troubling times.”