Mum reveals she “napped” her way through childbirth after pain relief knocked her out.

Alice Payne, 23, closed her eyes whilst lying in her hospital bed, and woke up an hour later to find that she had almost completely given birth, shares The Sun.

The new mum gave birth to baby, Phillip, as she slept on December 18.

After being medically induced, astounded doctors told how they watched in amazement as she slept throughout the ordeal.

Alice and her husband John, a security worker, told how they were relieved at the healthy birth of 6lb Phillip, who was arriving just as Alice woke up from her kip.

She said: “Because the contraction monitor wasn’t reading me properly, doctors didn’t realise that I was as far along as I actually was.

“So I was given some drugs to let me nap for a couple of hours, but thirty minutes later they realised I was ready to push.”

Alice says she was “completely out of it” as she gave birth.

Alice’s doctors were worried that she was too relaxed to push and would need an emergency C-section.

With just 10 minutes of the birth to go, Alice woke up, before finishing the job – and then going back to sleep for two more hours.

She says: “I remember a nurse trying to put Philip in my arms, but I was going to sleep again, only to wake up two hours later to properly meet my son.

“Though I’m pleased I missed the pain of labour, I do wish I had been more present for my first baby‘s birth.

“Now when he’s older and asks me, I’ll have to tell him I nodded off.”

Oh wow! I would be fairly disappointed too. Sounds like she was fairly out of it.

Have you heard of something similar before?

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  • At least she was at least partially alert for the final stage of the delivery of her baby. I know a Mum who was given pethidine and gas. Better than passing out during contractions when it is time to push. The baby was quiet for a couple of days. They think she may have been effected by it a little bit. I also know a Mum who inhaled too much gas who slept for a few hours immediately after the birth of her baby.


  • Goodness – it must have been an incredibly strong pain killer/relief medication that she was given.


  • That would be good to avoid the pain, but not so good when you realised you had missed the birth of your lovely baby :( I had pethidine and gas for my first (he was an undiagnosed breech, delivered naturally and my first) and I remember them placing him in my arms and quickly removing him because I was incapable. I wasn’t asleep tho


  • Aw lol, deary me !! What did they give to her ?
    I can imagine she would like to have been a bit more present for her first baby‘s birth.


  • wow I think I would feel a bit ripped off


  • Oh! This is amazing! I’ve never heard about such an experience either!

    • I have not heard of this either – definitely a different experience.


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