Southampton student gives birth on the toilet without knowing she was pregnant

Jess Davis thought she was just experiencing period pain

A student at the University of Southampton has given birth on the toilet without knowing she was pregnant.

Jess Davis was woken up by pain in her abdomen on 11th June but presumed it was caused by her period so walked to Asda to buy a hot water bottle to ease her discomfort.

The history and politics student then started to feel an “overwhelming need to push” so sat down on the toilet where she gave birth to baby Freddie.

Jess said: “I was supposed to be having a house party that night for my birthday the next day, so I had a shower and a bath to try and make myself feel better, but the pain just got worse and worse.

“At no point did I think I was giving birth – I just knew I needed to push”, she explained.

Home alone at the time, Jess texted her friend Liv who promptly called an ambulance for her. Jess was taken to Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton where baby Freddie was placed in an incubator. Doctors estimated Jess was about 35 weeks along at the time of the birth.


Liv originally thought Jess was playing an elaborate prank on her to get out of social plans and it wasn’t until Jess sent her a photo of the baby that Liv believed her.

Jess has shown her appreciation for Liv’s help and support by naming her baby after her, making his middle name Oliver.

Jess, who celebrated her 20th birthday one day after she gave birth, had no pregnancy symptoms or a baby bump before she gave birth.

When it came to telling her mum about her new arrival, Liv was the one to make the call, starting by saying: “Are you sitting down?”

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

Jess has since decided to transfer her studies to a university closer to her family home in Bristol to make childcare easier.

Both Jess and baby Freddie are doing well.

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Featured image via SWNS.