College student, 20, goes to the bathroom with cramps and gives birth to a surprise baby


A 20-year-old student got more than she bargained for when she went to the bathroom.

Jess Davis, a student at the University of Southampton, assumed she had abdominal pain because she was due to have her period.

But instead of the usual bodily functions happening when she sits up, a 5-pound, 5-ounce baby came out.

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And she named him Freddie Oliver Davis.

History and politics student Jess, who says she had no pregnancy symptoms, said: “My periods have always been irregular so I didn’t really notice.

Jess, left, was told by her friend Liv, right, to call an ambulance as the baby had already arrived

“’I used to feel nauseous at times, but I had started taking a new prescription, so I chalked it up to my new medication.

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“When he was born it was the biggest shock of my life – at first I thought I was dreaming.

“I didn’t realize what had happened until I heard her cry – I suddenly realized that I really needed to grow up now!

“It took a bit of time to get over the initial shock and adjust and bond with him, but now I’m over the moon.

“He’s the coldest baby ever, and he’s known as the silent baby in the room.”

Freddie is now fine in hospital - but came into the world in total shock
Freddie is now fine in hospital – but came into the world in total shock

When Jess woke up in severe pain last month, she assumed it was the start of her period and walked to her local Asda to buy a hot water bottle.

But when she got home, she found she couldn’t even lie on her bed because of the pain.

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She was supposed to have a house party that night for her birthday, which was the next day, which was obviously canceled.

Jess tried to take a bath to ease the pain, but had an “overwhelming” urge to go to the bathroom.

She sat up, started pushing. . . then his life changed forever.

Just 12 days before giving birth, she showed no signs of pregnancy
Just 12 days before giving birth, she showed no signs of pregnancy

She recalls: “At no time did I think I would give birth – I just knew I had to push.

“‘At one point I felt a tear, but I didn’t know what it was, I just knew I had to pull it out.

“Hearing her cry and realizing what really happened was so surreal.”

Jess enlisted the help of her best friend Liv King, who told her to call an ambulance.

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She was taken to Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton, where baby Freddie was rushed to be placed in an incubator.

Friend Liv King supported Jess and Freddie in hospital
Friend Liv King supported Jess and Freddie in hospital

Doctors predict he has arrived at 35 weeks but despite his dramatic entry into the world, Freddie and Jess are recovering well.

The news of Freddie’s arrival was broken to Jess’ mother by Liv, who phoned her and asked, “Are you seated?”

Luckily, Jess’ mom was supportive and is thrilled to be a grandmother.

“My mom is the best person in the world, she’s been so supportive and she’s thrilled to be a grandma!” said Jess.

“Being a mom is a huge life changer, but it feels natural.

“The love I have for Freddie is hard to explain, but it’s amazing.

“I just think about him all the time.

“I am transferring to a local university to continue my studies; I will be closer to home, which makes childcare easier.

“I can’t wait to see him grow and be there for him every step of the way.”

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