First-time mother has one of the shortest labours on record at just NINE minutes – and didn’t even realise she was giving birth until her son arrived on her bathroom floor

  • Nicole Jamieson, from Manchester, gave birth on bathroom floor in nine minutes
  • The first-time mother didn’t realise she was in labour until her baby arrived
  • Her son was born three weeks early but arrived happy and healthy, she said
  • She had spent the day in the sun before enjoying fajitas with partner Jack 

A first-time mother who have birth on the bathroom floor is believed to have had one of the shortest labours on record after giving birth in nine minutes – and was pushing for just two. 

Nicole Jamieson, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, barely had time to get out of bed before her 6 lbs 3 oz son Jack arrived suddenly in the middle of the night.

The 25-year-old hotel receptionist didn’t even realise she was in labour and initially thought she needed the loo.

Nicole and partner Jack Fallon, 25, had been outside enjoying the sunshine on May 7 as Nicole was still three weeks from her due date.

Nicole Jamieson with partner Jack Fallon and son Jack, who was born in May three weeks from his due date and arrived in nine minutes – one of the shortest UK labours on record

Nicole Jamieson’s bathroom floor in Manchester, where she gave birth in just nine minutes after her partner made her cry with laughter – prompting her waters to break suddenly

Returning home that evening, they had chicken fajitas for dinner before staying up late watching films.

At 1.55am Nicole’s waters broke, but she put it down to Jack making her cry with laughter by singing a rendition of Britney Spears’ hit Baby One More Time.

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The new mum said: ‘Jack was making me laugh, he’d been doing stupid voices and singing Britney Spears. 

‘I was crying with laughter so that must have been what set it off. I didn’t even realise I was in labour.

‘He was making me laugh that much. I told him to stop it because I needed to go to sleep, but as I turned over I felt this big pressure drop down. It was my waters, but I didn’t know it was my waters.’

Nicole Jamieson before giving birth unexpectedly at home. She and her partner had chicken fajitas for dinner before staying up late watching films

Nicole Jamieson’s entire labour took just nine minutes before she gave birth to son Jack, and the family were subsequently taken to hospital (pictured) but luckily the infant was happy and healthy

Nicole ran to the bathroom thinking she’d wet herself. She ran herself a bath but after seven minutes felt the need to push.

‘The next thing I knew he was there, on the bathroom floor,’ she said. ‘I looked at my phone just after and it was 2.04am.’ 

Jack, a labourer, almost missed the birth as he’d run outside in his boxers to call for help due to the poor phone signal in the flat but he made it back just in time to grab his newborn son as he popped out.

An ambulance arrived after half an hour to check the pair over, cut the cord and take them to hospital as a precaution.

Nicole had been scheduled to be induced on May 25 as she had been suffering from low PAPP-A which can indicate issues with the placenta, resulting in complications such as restricted growth, pre-eclampsia, premature birth or foetal death.

Nicole Jamieson with partner Jack Fallon and baby Jack, now 13 weeks old. The first-time mother gave birth on her bathroom floor in one of the shortest labours ever recorded

But Jack was happy and healthy – and Nicole only took two paracetamol tablets five hours after the birth.

She recalled added: ‘It was nine minutes in total from my waters breaking. I was pushing for two minutes. It didn’t hurt but I didn’t really know what was going on.

‘Obviously as soon as I realised he’d arrived I was worried, but Jack grabbed him and shoved him onto my chest and then he peed on me and started crying, so I knew he was OK.

‘As for motherhood, it’s great. Little Jack is amazing, I wouldn’t change him for the world. He never stops smiling.’

Births that short are extremely rare and are known as precipitate labours if they last less than two hours.

Labour usually lasts for between 12 and 18 hours and can be faster if it is not the mother’s first birth.

Nicole Jamieson with her newborn son Jack. Nicole had been scheduled to be induced on May 25 as she had been suffering from low PAPP-A which can indicate issues with the placenta

The fastest UK time recorded is said to have been Daisy Stewart, 20, from Dundee, who says she gave birth to 6 lbs 3 oz baby Poppy in five minutes and just three pushes.

However she had been induced and was in hospital, so Nicole has reason to believe hers may have been the fastest non-induced labour yet.

Nicole and Jack are now considering approaching Guinness World Records to see if they can claim the title.

Clare Livingstone, professional policy advisor at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said: ‘A woman whose baby is born within two hours of their contractions starting will have their labour described as “precipitate labour” as that is the medical term used by healthcare professionals to describe a labour that is short in duration.

‘Every woman is unique and each individual pregnancy will be different. However, where there is a previous history of a quick labour in a previous pregnancy it’s worth being prepared in advance.

Nicole Jamieson with son Jack, now 13 weeks, who arrives in under ten minutes after she went into labour unexpectedly in the middle of the night and gave birth on the bathroom floor

‘Your midwife will need to be aware and you should put a contingency plan in place as your due date approaches to cover immediate needs, such as childcare.

‘Having a very quick labour is generally not something to worry about. However, it is a good idea to line up a couple of friends or relatives in case your birth partner cannot make it in time. A fast labour can be quite a frightening experience so it’s important that there is an opportunity afterwards for discussion and debrief.

‘Postnatal care is vitally important, regardless of length of labour or type of delivery. This area of maternity care needs much more investment to help mothers and babies off to the best start.

‘The postnatal period can often be a very difficult time for women and good support is essential for the best outcomes, including successful feeding, bonding, physical wellbeing and mental health’.  

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