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Billie Ward, 22, from Bridgnorth, Shropshire had been told it was unlikely she would give birth on her due date. After experiencing pain and straining for around an hour, she called 999 and the operator informed her she was most likely about to give birth. Initially, Billie thought she only need to use the loo!
Billie's mum, Liesa Allcock, 45, took lots of pictures of the ordeal. Billie said: "There's some where I'm thinking 'Oh my God, what is happening? This is not a poo, this is a baby'".
She has now shared the striking pictures her mum took in the chaotic moments after little Arete was born, showing the 'sheer relief' painted all over her glowing face.
Billie is sharing her story to urge expectant mothers not to put off going to the hospital for too long.
"My message [to other mums] would be 'listen to your body'. Your body is doing what it's meant to do. It will take over. People get so overwhelmed but your body is an amazing thing. Let it take its course.
"Don't go to hospital too early - but definitely don't leave it too late. It's a mess you don't want to be cleaning up. The number of towels we went through was insane.
Billie had been expecting to be induced in early February, after midwives warned that her baby would likely arrive late. Despite going on a shopping trip with her friend in January, she began to feel some pains later that night. The pains worsened to 'extreme' period-type pains.
"I was also booked in for a sweep on the day, but the midwife had said 'oh no, your cervix isn't favourable. You've got to shorten it and you're not going to have your baby on your due date'.
"At 6pm that night I was having period-type pains, it wasn't abnormal or anything that concerned me."
After ringing the maternity unit to be on the safe side, she remained at home as her waters had not broken so still assumed she was not giving birth. After her husband Josh, 24, went to sleep, Billie soon found herself in agony but was still convinced she just needed the toilet.
Billie said: "I came downstairs at 3.45am. I was biting down on the sofa because I could feel this pain and genuinely thought it was a poo. By this point, no waters had broken. Every time I pushed, I thought 'I don't know what that was'. I'd never had a baby. I got in the bath around 4am and I realised I was bleeding a bit."
Soon after Billie was forced to call an ambulance - but she still wasn't sure if she was in full labour. It was only when she was on the phone being coached by call handlers that she was told to 'go for it' if she needed to push.
"My mum had four C-sections so she'd never had a contraction either.
"I said to the ambulance woman 'I'm not sure, this could be a poo. But I'm in a lot of pain'".
The medical team arrived at 5.05am and found Billie on her bathroom floor with her worried mum, before her baby Arete arrived at 5.10am.
Billie said: "The woman ran up the stairs and said 'if you give one push, the baby's going to be here'.
"She gave me gas and air after I gave birth as my body was in shock, I was shaking. "Because of how quickly I went into labour, my waters didn't break. My body wasn't prepared.
"She came out in her sac and my waters didn't break. That's why I couldn't understand why it didn't feel like a head.
"The paramedic just pulled the sac away from her. Apparently, it's quite lucky to have a baby on their due date and still in their sac."
Billie is now expecting baby number two in February. Congratulations!
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