New mum tells the astonishing story of how she slept through the birth of her first child after the machine monitoring her contractions failed.
When Alice Payne, 23, rocked up to hospital she was excited about giving birth to her son, Philip.
There had been concerns about Philip’s development, and to be sure doctors decided to induce labour at 38 weeks to give him the best shot.
After hooking Alice up to a machine which was meant to monitor her contractions, she was given something for the pain, and some medication to help her sleep through what was expected to be a few hours of early labour.
Alice reveals, however, that it did not go to plan!
Doctors didn’t realise that I was as far along as I actually was.
‘Because the contraction monitor wasn’t reading me properly, doctors didn’t realise that I was as far along as I actually was,’ she told The Sun.
By the time doctors realise what was going on Alice was completely out of it - and if they couldn’t wake her up to get her to push she would have to have an emergency caesarean.
Miraculously, her husband was nearby and told Alice to push. Her hubby’s voice did the trick and she was able to start pushing while completely asleep!
Alice finally woke up in the final 10 minutes of giving birth before falling asleep again.
‘I remember a nurse trying to put Philip in my arms, but I was going to sleep again, only to wake up two hours later to properly meet my son,’ she recalls.
‘Though I’m pleased I missed the pain of labour, I do wish I had been more present for my first baby‘s birth.’