In the early morning hours of Jan. 29, Mandie Smith of Culloden, West Virginia, woke up in pain.
“I thought I was having some other kind of medical problem,” she told WSAZ. The mother of three sons quickly realized she was about to give birth.
But Smith didn’t know she was pregnant. “I don’t have normal menstrual cycles, I didn’t gain weight,” she said.
Less than five hours after Smith was abruptly woken up, she gave birth to Harrison Smith at Cabell Huntington Hospital. He is in good health and Smith said her other sons are thrilled about their new brother.
"Pregnancy usually has signs that are loud and clear," Dr. Allan Chamberlain with St. Mary Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, said, "but every year, more than 1,000 women in this country have babies before even knowing they were pregnant.”
Smith’s family and friends are also in shock; some believed she was pulling a prank. "Everybody has been like, 'What?'" Smith said. "We've been texting people showing the baby, and they were like 'I was with you yesterday, you didn't look pregnant.' Nobody believes it. Everybody's in shock.”
Harrison’s father, J.R. Smith, was in Washington D.C. on a business trip when he learned he was about to have a fourth son. "I'm still kind of in shock," he said. "It was just a split second and tears of joy.”
He was able to witness the delivery via video chat.