A teenager had no idea she was pregnant when she went for a check-up for back pain – and gave birth in a hospital toilet.
Dion Seaborne, 18, went to Accident and Emergency after believing she had hurt her back while working at a restaurant.
Unsuspecting Dion had been seen by a doctor – but was waiting for more tests.
She popped to the loo – where she gave birth to “perfectly healthy” daughter Lilly-May at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales.
“My back had been sore for about three days and I thought I had hurt it in work, so I went to the hospital to find out what was wrong,” Dion said.
“Because of COVID-19 restrictions, I was there by myself.
“I’d been seen, had my blood pressure and temperature taken and was waiting to be seen again.
”It was about 3am and I needed to go to the toilet. I was pushing and pushing and the next thing Lilly-May was born.
”I had to shout for a nurse to come and help me because I couldn’t reach the emergency button and at this point Lilly-May was in the toilet.
”They got her out of the toilet and took her off to get cleaned up.
“And then I was able to hold her and was taken to the maternity ward.
”I found it terrifying. I have never been so scared in my life.”
‘I was pushing and pushing and the next thing Lilly-May was born.’
Dion, of Griffithstown, South Wales, rang her partner Callum Morris, also 18, to share the exciting news.
“When I rang Callum to tell him that he was a dad to a little girl, he was so surprised he went upstairs to wake his mum up to tell her because it was 4am,” she said.
“He came down to the hospital to bring me some clothes and things and that’s when he met Lilly-May for the first time.
“His face was a picture. He couldn’t stop smiling, saying he loves her and giving her cuddles.”
No pregnancy symptoms
Dion, who works at Burger King, says she had no pregnancy symptoms and even felt like she lost weight before the birth.
“I was still having my regular periods so it never crossed my mind that I could be pregnant,” she said.
“I was feeling normal. I didn’t have any food cravings, my feet didn’t swell and my clothes even fitted me the same.
“I didn’t feel any different. I hadn’t put on any weight, in fact everyone was telling me I’d lost some weight.”
Dion celebrated her 18th birthday in August and says it is lucky that she is not a “big drinker.”
She carried on lifting heavy boxes at work and even went on fairground rides.
She added: “When I think about it, I was doing everything I shouldn’t have been doing if I’d known I was pregnant.”