Taking a nap while giving birth to a baby may sound like a dream to some, but when it happens unintentionally, it’s probably not as exciting. One woman had a nightmare birth story that sounds both incredible and heart-wrenching at the same time. Because while missing the pains of labor sounds amazing, missing your baby’s birth does not.
Here’s what happened: Alice Payne went to an Ashbourne, Derbyshire hospital in the U.K. to give birth to her son. The doctors didn’t realize how close Payne was to actually giving birth, because the contraction monitor was malfunctioning. So they gave her some medication that would allow her to rest for a while until it was time to push.
Unfortunately, she was already 10 centimeters dilated when she fell asleep. Whoopsie.
So by the time she woke up from her nap, her baby boy was almost completely out.
Payne told the Daily Mail that she was medically induced at 38 weeks and the doctors were “amazed” to watch her push out the baby while literally taking a nap.
Doctors were giving Payne Syntocinon, a hormone to induce labor, every 30 to 60 minutes, because the malfunctioning machine read that her contractions weren’t intensifying.
Because she was in such a relaxed state (AKA napping), Payne almost needed a C-section.
Thankfully her body responded to her husband’s voice telling her to push, which is something the doctors and nurses had never seen before. She woke up for 10-15 minutes of the delivery, but then fell right back sleep after the baby was born.
We totally get it — witnessing the birth of your own child is one of the greatest feelings in the world. But not having to go through the pain of childbirth doesn’t seem too terrible.