Massachusetts Woman Gives Birth an Hour After Learning She’s Pregnant

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
November 6, 2015 Updated: November 6, 2015

A 47-year-old woman was stunned to find out she was pregnant, just one hour before she gave birth.

Judy Brown went to Beverly Hospital in Massachusetts with severe abdominal pain, figuring it was blockage or a gall stone.

But staff soon informed her she was expecting. 

“It was a little bit scary getting into the hospital thinking something was really bad was going on,” Brown told ABC News.

“To understand and take in that was I pregnant and was about to go into labor … it was very overwhelming.”

Brown soon gave birth to a healthy, 8-pound, 2-ounce daughter they named Carolyn Rose after their mothers.

Husband Jason was equally stunned, but excited about the birth of the couple’s first child.

“Now I have a new purpose in life,” the 48-year-old new dad told Salem News.

“I’m already a big kid myself, so now I have one to be with.”

Family and friends have stepped in to help, including loaning a new car seat and a bassinet.

Susan Ballentine, Jason’s sister, said her daughter Rebecca delivered the news, calling it “miraculous.”

“I’m over the moon right now,” Ballentine said.

Dr. Kim Gecsi, an obstetrician and gynecologist at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, noted that some similar scenarios play out, although they’re rare.

“People don’t know sometimes or they’re in denial about it and denial can be pretty strong,” Gecsi said.

Women even approaching 50 should still use contraception, she added.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.