Juanita Stead of Port de Grave was rushed to Carbonear General on New Year's Eve for what she thought was a kidney stone attack - she left a few days later with a bouncing baby boy.
Stead who gave birth to Nicholas George Stead at 12:31 Jan. 1 had no idea she was pregnant. "This is some kidney stone isn't it," she says cuddling her newborn baby. "We're all still in shock. We just can't believe it."
Juanita and her husband Terry were at a house party on New Year's Eve when she started having back pain.
"I had some pressure in my back earlier that afternoon but it was nothing to be concerned about," she says. "However while I was at the party it got a lot worse."
After some blood tests Juanita went for x-rays. The scan showed no evidence of a kidney stone. "The technician looked at me and said my dear you're pregnant with a full term baby," says Juanita. "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. I can't be."
However Nicholas was about to prove his mommy wrong and he wasn't going to wait to do it. About six minutes after Juanita was taken to the case room he made his grand entrance into the world.
"When I told Juanita's mom she didn't have a kidney stone, but a baby instead, she told me to go to bed, she didn't believe me," laughs Terry. "And my mother told me to give up telling lies. They just couldn't believe it. It still hasn't sunk in for any of us yet." ...
As if that wasn't incredible enough, consider this detail: it wasn't even the first time that the couple were surprised by a delivery!
... Juanita delivered their other son Cameron July 30, 2006 at home. While she knew she was expecting a baby at that time, Cameron arrived two months early.
"I felt like I had to go to the bathroom and out he popped, right into the toilet," says Juanita. "Terry actually scooped him out of the toilet and put him in my lap until the ambulance came."
"He's well now, but was far from healthy when he was born," says Juanita. "The doctors told us if we had any more kids they stood a 50-50 chance of having the same stomach disease. Therefore we didn't plan on having any more. Neither of us was going to take that chance."
According to Juanita the last time someone asked her how Cameron was doing and if she was going to have more kids was at the post office on New Year's Eve. "I said I wasn't having anymore. Then just hours later he was in my arms," she says her eyes welling up with tears. "He was definitely meant to be here."
No matter how many times I ask my wife to explain how such an event might be possible, I still have a hard time understanding how someone can bring a baby to full term and yet not realize they are/were pregnant. As a male, "on the outside looking in" so to speak, I'm just profoundly baffled by this. I guess I'm simply suffering from a lack of imagination... or a lack of faith in miracles?