Kentucky Woman Gives Birth Without Knowing She Was Pregnant

"I can't get over you being pregnant. I can't get over your having a baby."

Kelly Bottom says she thought her stomach was hurting, so she went to her bathroom. "I realized it was more than just pains. So then I laid on the floor and I had him. Two pushes and I had him."

He is Brian Sims, now five days old. "I knew I had to cut the umbilical cord and I was trying to clean myself up, and then he had to get out of school and I had to go get him."

He is James Sims, age seven, who says he nearly passed out when his mother came to pick him up with a newborn in her car.

Kelly says she knows some people won't understand how she didn't realize she was pregnant until it was time to deliver. "I lost a bunch of weight and I thought I was gaining all that back."

Or why she did the job herself. "I just done what I thought I should do. I didn't know." "Why didn't you call 911?" "I just wouldn't -- I guess I just wanted to do it by myself, I don't know. "

Mother and baby went to the hospital late that afternoon. She was still bleeding, and he needed an incubator and blood work. Five days later, both are fine.

And big brother James already has big plans. "How long do you think it'll be before you can play with him?" "About a week."

That would be a surprise. But so was Brian Keith Sims, to his father, who calls him a miracle, and his mother, who says she hadn't planned on another child. "But now he's here and I wouldn't take nothing else for him. Would I?"

An article by a childbirth expert about the dangers of not knowing you're pregnant suggests it's more common than you think. Robin Weiss says one in almost 2,500 women fit that profile, which makes them three times more common than women who give birth to triplets.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 04:32 PM
    yes it is possible , I know of 2 women who had older children and didnot know that they were pregant with their baby in both cases. Also my boyfriend had a friend who had didnot know she was pregant with her only baby at 30 years old. When I was pregant with my 4 th , I had periods for 5 months,no weight gain, cravings , morning sickness, I went to the dr. to prove to my husband and cousin that they were wrong...well they were right I was wrong
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 09:57 AM
  • by Lynn Location: Bowling Green on Apr 13, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    It's possible she didn't know. I have heard of it numerous times. Congrats on the new addition.
  • by quiverof8 Location: ky on Apr 12, 2010 at 10:41 PM
    NOT know? Maybe if its your first baby and you are in denial!!! She already had a baby. Even if she couldn't call 911 before giving birth, it does not make sense to not do so after the birth....... As for home birth, yes its an option. Out of my 8 births one had to be airlifted to another hospital after birth. Another was an emergency csection after labor with a midwife in a local hospital. Childbirth is natural. Babies also can DIE during or after the birth. As for the Amish, many give birth in the hospital by choice. The other 6 were no complications at all. So If I had chosen home birth I would now have 6 live children instead of 8. Not worth the risk to me.......
  • by Summer Location: Ky on Mar 12, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    There are a few things that do not make sense about this story. 1 she did not call 911 2. she cleaned herself up right after and was able to go pick her kid up from school. 3. She had no carseat or even cloths or diaper for the baby. This just does not seem like a true story to me some one is lying big time just for a story
  • by Irish Location: New York on Mar 12, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    And this goes to those that are slamming this young lady for having her baby at home,I birthed all my 3 kids at home,it was my choice and it was a good one and I have no regrets so stop slamming this girl for her decision,I applaud her.
  • by Irish Location: New York on Mar 12, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    It's not that all uncommon,I knew a young lady who went through the exact same thing,she still had her monthly period,carried the baby in her back,she never showed,when she went for a walk she suddenly had crippling pains and was rushed to the hospital and birthed a healhly baby girl!
  • by Me Location: NY on Mar 12, 2010 at 06:07 AM
    I did not have a car seat when I was born and probably most who are replying did not...guess what you lived! My Amish neighbor has babies at home all the time...big deal! Why does everyone have to be a critic. Are country would be a better place if more people would learn to handle their problems on their own and quit relying on everyone else (police,911,medicaid, etc..) to take care of their problems. I think she did a great job handling the situation herself and must be a really strong women to give birth herself and then go make sure she still got to school to pick up her other kid on time! Good for her, maybe some of you critics should take a lesson and then our country would not be in the mess it is in....young idiots!!
  • by Sugar on Mar 12, 2010 at 05:39 AM
    Can't y'all read? "An article by a childbirth expert about the dangers of not knowing you're pregnant suggests it's more common than you think. Robin Weiss says one in almost 2,500 women fit that profile, which makes them three times more common than women who give birth to triplets." I think the real miracle here is how the DIY method saved thousands and thousands of unnecessary hospital fees. I wish both the mother and child the best.
  • by heatther Location: franklin on Mar 12, 2010 at 01:42 AM
    i know of someone who didnt know she was pregnant til she delivered, but she called 911 like anyone should do..& goin to pick up the other child, was the baby in a carseat, what did it wear a dish towl? i mean if ur not expecting a child ur not goin to have diapers, a seat or clothing.. come on now. she knew, she wanted attention and free stuff.. no i know she watched the show i didnt know i was pregnant, shes trying to get on thier i bet!!
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