Canadian woman mistakes labor pains for kidney stone



OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian woman rushed to hospital on New Year's Eve for what she believed was a kidney stone gave birth to a baby boy instead, local media said Thursday.
"This is some kidney stone, isn't it," the woman, cradling the newborn in her arms, told Canwest New Service. "We're still in shock. We just can't believe it."



Canadian woman mistakes labor pains for kidney stone
Juanita Stead, 36, said she did not suffer morning sickness or put on extra weight during her pregnancy, and continued to menstruate and so she had no idea that she was pregnant.
A hospital X-ray on New Year's Eve for back pains revealed the truth.
"The technician looked at me and said, 'My dear, you're pregnant with a full-term baby.' And I said: 'No sir, you got the wrong woman and you're looking at the wrong screen. There is no way I'm pregnant," she said.
Nicholas was born soon afterwards.
Coincidentally, the birth of the couple's first child, two-year-old Cameron, also caught them off guard.
Stead knew she was pregnant with Cameron, she said, but he arrived two months early.
"I felt like I had to go to the bathroom and out he popped, right into the toilet," she said. Her husband scooped their first-born out the toilet and put him in his mother's lap until an ambulance arrived, she said.
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Image of a mother putting booties on an infant, by Robert Sullivan.

Friday, January 9th 2009
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