A DUNDEE couple believe they could lay claim to one of the fastest births ever — after their daughter arrived just five minutes after mum went into labour.
Daisy Stewart gave birth to Poppy last week, with her contractions and the birth of the baby herself taking a total of five minutes and 17 seconds.
The 20-year-old first-time mum, of St Mary’s, had been warned to expect hours of pain — but midwives were apparently left amazed when 6lb 3oz Poppy arrived after just three pushes.
Labour usually lasts 12 to 18 hours for a first birth, and the delivery was so fast that Guinness World Records has asked Daisy and Poppy’s dad, Keiran Watson, 30, to submit an application for the record.
It doesn’t currently have a title for the quickest labour of a first-time mum.
Daisy told the Tele: “I had been in Ninewells Hospital for a few days and they discovered I had pre-eclampsia.
“Although I was four weeks premature, they induced me because they wanted the baby to be delivered early.
“They said it would be a slow, painful process of two to three days before I’d give birth.”
But just after 10pm last Monday, Poppy arrived in super-quick time.
Daisy said: “I was getting contractions but the nurse said it was going to be at least 10 hours before the birth.
“I said that I couldn’t get through 10 hours of that pain.
“They got me into the labour suite and within minutes Keiran had to go outside and get the midwife because I needed to push.
“I don’t think she believed me but then she came in and said: ‘I believe we’re going to have a baby here’.
“I pushed once and she said, ‘there’s the head’. I pushed two more times and then Poppy arrived.
“It was all a bit surreal.”
Keiran added: “When Poppy arrived, Daisy actually said: ‘Is that it? It was easy.’
The nurses were astounded — it was incredible.
She was delivered in what may be a record time, locally if not in the world.”
After a brief scare about Poppy’s health, she was able to return home this week to settle into her home.
Daisy said: “Things have been good since we got home.
“She’s a brilliant baby, we’ve been getting nine hours sleep at night, so she’s been as good as gold.”
A Guinness World Records spokeswoman said: “We celebrate achievement of any kind.
“We would encourage the couple to make an application via our official website to create a new record title, upon which our records management team would review evidence to see if we are able to create a new category for them according to our rules and guidelines.”
Phyllis Winters, midwifery team manager at Ninewells, said: “For a first baby, the average length of active labour is around 12 to 18 hours.
“Women expecting a subsequent baby can expect the labour to last around six to eight hours.”