Woman, 23, gives birth to surprise baby after partying through five festivals


A woman was stunned when she gave birth to a baby after partying at five different festivals while having no idea she was pregnant.

Sally Smith, 23, thought she had woken up with stomach cramps on March 10, 2020, but when her sister called paramedics she was shocked to learn she was about to have a baby.

Doctors not only told her she was pregnant, but they could even see the baby’s head.

The woman was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, but gave birth to her “surprise baby” Gabriel Smith in the car park in an ambulance before they could even get into the structure.

Sally says she used contraception, had periods and remained a size 10-12 throughout her pregnancy – and had no idea she was expecting because “nothing was out of the ordinary”.

Throughout her surprise pregnancy, with no signs of a bump, she had the “time of her life” both enjoying and working at festivals such as Glastonbury and Parklife with her friends.

The waitress described her birth experience as the “most surreal thing ever” and said her son Gabe – who is now one year old – is the “best thing that’s ever happened” to her.

Sally, of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, said: “I had no idea I was pregnant until I went into labour.

“I didn’t put on any weight, had no bump and was probably skinnier then than I am now.

“If I had a drink after work I was always sick and people would joke that I was pregnant and I’d be like ‘if I was pregnant, I’d be eight months pregnant now’ – that was kind of the running joke at work for a while.”

She said that when she was seven or eight months pregnant, she had some back pain but thought it was due to the fact that in her new job she had to move kegs and heavy items that were delivered.

The week before she gave birth, Sally travelled to Poland with some friends and during their holiday she was walking slowly, but did not imagine that she was pregnant.

She said: “Everything had an answer for – there was nothing out of the ordinary.”

But when paramedics arrived at her home and told her she was about to give birth, Sally tried to remain calm and focused.

She said: “She [paramedic] walked in and I was lying on the floor and she said ‘well, we can see a head, you’re definitely having a baby’.

“That’s when I was kind of like ‘ok’. The only thing that was going through my mind was that I was in so much pain I kept trying to go to sleep.

“I would expect I would freak out but I was so calm and just like ‘right, this is what I’ve got to do’ – there’s no way that I can’t.

“By the time they got there, I was already pushing. I was just thinking ‘right ok, I’ve just got to get this bit over with and we’ll deal with everything else later’, that’s all I could really think about.”

Sally added: “We got in the ambulance and we could already see his head and as we were pulling up to the hospital, that’s where I gave birth.

“It was just kind of the most surreal thing ever – I don’t think anything is ever going to top it. It was just a bit crazy.”

After around three to four hours of labour, her baby boy was born in the hospital car park at 1.50pm, weighing 5lbs 3oz.

The young mum said that her family were “really supportive” and on hand throughout the entire process – she was even told by the nurses that they had “never seen someone smiling so much” when her dad later arrived at the hospital.

Sally said: “When I was giving birth I remember thinking ‘well I can’t have a baby, I’m 23, I’ve just been promoted so how am I meant to look after a baby when I work such long hours? I can’t do it.

“As soon as they put him on my chest I was alright because he was there and completely fine. I was just so calm.

“Not to sound corny but I was just completely in love. I was like ‘right I’m fine, I’ll be able to do it because he’s here’.

“As soon as I held him I was filled with love and totally obsessed with him from the start.”

Sally said she had just finished studying at university and had the “best summer of her life” back in 2019, not knowing she was pregnant with Gabe.

She was also working busy 2pm to 4am shifts as a nightclub supervisor for two to three months during her pregnancy.

Shortly before she gave birth she started working in a pub where she got promoted in February 2020.

Sally said she was changing barrels when she was nine months pregnant.

The mum-of-one said that when she came out of the hospital, the country went into lockdown.

She said she texted a few of her friends who were in disbelief at the exciting news and they eventually came around for window visits so they could meet the baby.

Sally shared a post on Facebook and Instagram just to say: “This is what happened, meet Gabe.”

But she also had to tell Gabe’s father, who she had been in a relationship with while at university but had separated from in July 2019.

Sally texted him and asked if she could call him – adding he was really supportive even though their relationship had ended.

For the first couple of months, he could not meet the baby due to coronavirus restrictions.

Talking about Gabe, Sally said: “He’s just the cheekiest little lad in the world and is so funny. He’ll run about and chat on, and is just the loveliest little lad, he’s just such a dream.

“He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”