Melbourne model gives birth in bathroom, didn’t know she was pregnant

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A Melbourne-based model had no idea she was pregnant until she gave birth on a bathroom floor.

Erin Langmaid said she showed no signs of pregnancy — she did not feel sick, had no cravings or showed a baby bump.

In fact, the 23-year-old claims she only began to feel ill two weeks ago, when she gave birth to her little girl Isla who weighed a healthy 3.6kg.

She described the experience as the “biggest shock of my life” and “really bizarre”.

“It was over in about 10 minutes,” Ms Langmaid told 7 News about her labour.

“I wasn’t showing obviously because I fit into everything. It was just really bizarre.”

Melbourne model Erin Langmaid didn’t know she was pregnant until she gave birth on a bathroom floor. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid
media_cameraMelbourne model Erin Langmaid didn’t know she was pregnant until she gave birth on a bathroom floor. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid

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Ms Langmaid was using contraceptive injections, working full-time and modelling, with her partner Dan Carty telling the publication they couldn’t think of anything that would have given away that Isla was “in there”.

It wasn’t until she went into labour that Ms Langmaid knew something wasn’t right.

Mr Carty explained the moment he heard his partner scream from their bathroom.

“I heard a big scream and I ran in there and opened the door and I was worried about her, and then I saw the little one and I thought ‘hang on, there’s two’,” Mr Carty said.

This photo was taken five weeks ago, showing Erin just three weeks before she gave birth. Picture: Instagram / Erin
media_cameraThis photo was taken five weeks ago, showing Erin just three weeks before she gave birth. Picture: Instagram / Erin

But, to the pair’s shock, baby Isla stopped breathing and started turning blue — that’s when Mr Carty made a frantic call to emergency services.

“How many weeks pregnant was she?” the emergency operator asked the new dad.

“We don’t know. We didn’t know she was pregnant. Mother’s OK and the baby is not OK,” Mr Carty responded.

“What’s happening to baby?” asked the emergency operator.

“It’s going blue,” Mr Carty responded, before he and the operator saved baby Isla’s life.

The 23-year-old didn’t show a baby bump or have any morning sickness. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid
media_cameraThe 23-year-old didn’t show a baby bump or have any morning sickness. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid
It wasn’t until the day she gave birth to her little girl Isla, two weeks ago, when she started to feel sick. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid
media_cameraIt wasn’t until the day she gave birth to her little girl Isla, two weeks ago, when she started to feel sick. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid

Isla was born at 37 weeks, with Ms Langmaid having what is termed a cryptic pregnancy — or stealth baby — which is where the mother does not find out they are pregnant until very late.

While many people struggle to believe a woman could carry a child for so long without realising it, Professor Euan Wallace, an obstetrician and gynaecologist from Monash University, said it was entirely possible.

“These pregnancies do happen … there’s no reason not to believe them,” he recently told The Sunday Project.

Erin’s partner Dan (pictured) rushed into the bathroom when he heard her screaming and to his shock found two people in the room. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid
media_cameraErin’s partner Dan (pictured) rushed into the bathroom when he heard her screaming and to his shock found two people in the room. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid

“Some women do fall pregnant on the pill for a variety of reasons and for a small number of women when they have those pill-free weeks, they get a bit of light bleeding so they are assured or why would they expect they are pregnant.”

Ms Langmaid and her partner are grateful baby Isla is healthy.

“She is just perfect,” Mr Carty said.

After posting about her “surprise” journey on Instagram, the model has received an overwhelming amount of support.

“You’re incredible Erin. What an amazing little surprise for you and Dan. Welcome beautiful Isla and happy anniversary. Sending all our love – Em & Andy x” one friend said.

“I can’t imagine the range of emotions you have experienced Erin. Congratulations on your amazing gift!” another said.

“Wow congrats Erin what awesome news glad your both doing well, a third commented.

Baby Isla was born at 37 weeks. She had stopped breathing and turned blue before Dan called emergency services which saved their bay girl’s life. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid
media_cameraBaby Isla was born at 37 weeks. She had stopped breathing and turned blue before Dan called emergency services which saved their bay girl’s life. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid
Erin described the week after Isla was born the ‘hardest week of our lives’. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid
media_cameraErin described the week after Isla was born the ‘hardest week of our lives’. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid

Ms Langmaid described the week after Isla’s birth the “hardest week of our lives”.

“This is our life now and we wouldn’t change it,” she said.

In a similar situation, 21-year-old Erin Bussenschutt also didn’t know she was pregnant until she was 38 weeks in.

However, after telling her partner at the time she had given birth, he chose not to be involved.

“I felt absolutely gutted and I felt very alone … you know I had the support of my family, I had my mum and I had my dad, but it’s different support from the family as opposed to, you know, the child’s father,” she told Sunday Night in October.

But four years on, Ms Bussenschutt — who is now engaged to a new partner and expecting her second child — wouldn’t change a thing.

But the pair couldn’t be happier to become parents saying they wouldn’t change their new life for anything. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid
media_cameraBut the pair couldn’t be happier to become parents saying they wouldn’t change their new life for anything. Picture: Instagram / Erin Langmaid

“He gave me a new purpose and a new reason for making something more of myself and he made me realise that there are more things in life that are important than what I was stressing about,” she said.

It is believed that up to one in 2500 births in Britain and Germany are a surprise, with the phenomenon more common in first pregnancies and in women with strong abdominal muscles, which means the baby is positioned closer to the spine.

According to 7News, one in 500 women do not know they are pregnant until 20 weeks in.

Originally published as Photo shows model’s 37-week baby ‘shock’

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