Baby born in just 27 seconds at home while mum was on the loo

A mum has had what must surely be one of the fastest births ever, with her new baby arriving just 27 seconds after she was told to push.

Baby Millie arrived in a flash when Sophie Bugg, 29, was 38 weeks pregnant.

Sophie had popped to the loo in the middle of the night completely unaware that her third child would be born very shortly.

Less than a minute after she had entered the bathroom, her partner Chris, 32, saw her emerging with the baby’s head already between her legs.

With just one big push, Mille arrived into the arms of her shocked father.

Despite her swift and surprising arrival, Mille is doing well and with her family at their home Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Full-time mum Sophie said: ‘She was ridiculously fast! One moment I’m texting my friend on the toilet about needing a poo and seconds later, I’ve got a baby in my arms.


‘Actually pushing her out from when the lady on the phone told me to push only lasted 27 seconds, it was so fast.

‘I had no pains and my waters hadn’t broken, there was no realisation I was having her at all. It sounds really crude but it just felt like I needed to go for a poo.

‘I had messaged my friend saying I don’t feel great, then put the phone down from where I was sat on the loo and went to get up from the toilet.

‘As I went to lift myself up, my body just got that feeling like I needed to push for a poo. So I sat back down, pushed, and as soon as I did that push, I knew it was not from behind.

‘I put my hand between my legs and her head was completely out. I shouted to my partner for help, went from the toilet to outside my toilet door on the top of the stairs, did one push and she was out.’

Sophie had originally booked to be induced, but little Millie clearly had other plans.

On March 23, two days before the induction was due to take place, Sophie woke up in the early hours with the urge to go to the toilet.

She texted her friend saying she didn’t feel well and wanted to go to the garden alone for some fresh air, but luckily her friend warned her against it just in case.

However, by the time this warning made it to Sophie’s phone, she’d already given birth in front of Chris, who works as a storeman.

Sophie said: ‘I sat on the toilet, literally did a push and had the feeling that I should feel between my legs because it didn’t feel like a poo.

‘I put my hand down and I just felt her head. It was four in the morning, it was just so unexpected.


‘I was calling Chris’ name as her head came out but so much energy was going into me giving birth, I felt like the lady off of Titanic, shouting “help” but it wasn’t coming out loud enough.

‘I thought he’s not going to wake up but then when I got off the toilet, he was stood there in the doorway so he must have heard me.

‘I just looked at him and said “you’ve got to do the rest.” His face dropped, but then the phone came out, he was talking to the paramedics, it all happened so fast.

‘My two other kids both woke up in the commotion as well, so I had my eight-year-old poking her head round her bedroom door asking “Mummy, are you OK?” I’m like “yeah, I’m OK darling, just stay in your room for a minute.”

‘I went from sat on the toilet to outside my toilet door on the top of the stairs, did one push, and she was out.

‘I asked Chris afterwards if he was alright, and he was like “yeah, that was mad!”‘

Sophie stayed at the top of her stairs cradling newborn Millie with the placenta still inside her for 12 minutes before a paramedic arrived.

After the umbilical cord was cut, Sophie and Millie were taken to hospital to be checked over and were released after a couple of hours in perfect health.


Millie’s arrival wasn’t the first time the mum-of-three was surprised by a speedy delivery.

Back in 2013, Sophie went to the toilet in the middle of the night and ended up having her firstborn, Paige, now eight, just 12 minutes later.

Little Paige was born still in her amniotic sac, which meant Sophie’s waters didn’t break, but a paramedic was able to pop the sac safely.

Sophie was booked in for an induction years later for her second child Lexie, now two, to ensure she was in hospital that time round.

Even so, she gave birth to Lexie just 26 minutes after being induced.

She said: ‘My first baby was quite an experience – you don’t expect anything like that with your first labour, to just be at home and then all of a sudden you’ve got a baby.

‘You don’t know what to expect. You get told all these different things from people like you’re going to have a show, you’ll have waters go, so you’re waiting for these things to happen and they didn’t for me so I didn’t think I was giving birth until her head was out.

‘My second baby, the doctors were so worried with the fact of how quickly I had my first that they had me induced so I was in hospital with my second, which was a relief.

‘But then my third baby had the exact same plans as my first, but came even quicker. I couldn’t believe how quickly she arrived.

‘My body doesn’t give me the signs of labour. My midwife and my consultant told me that I go from zero to baby, I don’t dilate like every normal person does.’


Sophie said: ‘I was shocked when I gave birth to my first so quickly, but I’m just in disbelief that I ended up giving birth at home once again and even quicker.

‘I had no pain relief with two of my kids and the afterpain with my third was terrible from where I was straining so much because I thought she was a poo. I was left so sore for weeks – I literally felt like a baboon.

‘I hear people’s stories and I know several people who have been in labour for 72 hours and I can’t possibly imagine that.

‘I’ve never experienced that – my longest labour was 26 minutes and I’ve had three children. I do feel sorry for these people who have to go through it.

‘My two friends are both pregnant at the moment, and they always say I’m inhuman. They said I’m some sort of superwoman in human form.

‘With Millie, it was actually a really nice experience. Chris is the dad to all three of my kids, but it has almost made us closer with the fact that he had to help deliver Millie.

‘It was just me, him and all the kids, so it felt special. It says on Millie’s medical paperwork that she was “delivered by Chris spontaneously at home” so it’s really nice.

‘I’m just so glad I didn’t go out for fresh air – I would have ended up having a baby in the garden all on my own.’

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