Oregon woman gives birth, unaware she was pregnant

Oregon woman gives birth, unaware she was pregnant

Oregon woman gives birth, unaware she was pregnant

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by Erica Heartquist, KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 25, 2012 at 7:13 PM

ESTACADA, Ore. -- An Estacada woman had a baby girl Sunday, but when she went into labor, she didn't even know she was pregnant.

Baby "Angel" Faith was born unexpectedly, weighing 6 lbs. 7oz. and measuring 17.5 inches, as first reported by The Estacada Eagle.

Mom Donna Tenbush, 26, said she had no idea she was expecting and started feeling what she called 'menstrual type cramps' and an aching back. She said the stomach pain worsened, and a friend was trying to help her lie down when all the sudden, the baby started coming out.

While all of this was going on, her father, Frank Tenbush called 9-1-1. Here is an excerpt from that call:

Frank Tenbush: "I guess it's about ready to come out right now."

Dispatcher: "So, her belly was really big?"

Frank Tenbush: "No, it wasn't."

Dispatcher: "Okay, that's what I'm, saying. How far, how many months pregnant, do we know?"

Frank Tenbush: "No. We didn't even know she was pregnant until right now!"

The Estacada Fire Department was on the way, while the friend and Donna's family did everything they could to help. Angel has two older sisters - ages seven and 10 - who also helped out.

Then, once emergency crews arrived, Both Donna and Angel were flown in a LifeFlight helicopter to a local hospital. They were examined and doctors said both were in good condition.

"Even myself, I thought, 'how can people not know they're pregnant and here she is and none of us knew," Frank told KGW.

Mom and baby were sent home healthy from the hospital and they will all continue to live with Donna's parents at their apartment in Estacada.

The paramedics who helped Donna and Angel got to be reunited with her Wednesday. 

Just last November, a Portland woman also gave birth without realizing she was pregnant. In that case, Kim Nelson said she though her appendix had burst and was rushed to the hospital.  She had a healthy baby girl at the hospital, who she named Paige. 

More: Portland mom has surprise baby

(KGW has a crew on the way to meet Donna and Angel and we will add photos and video of the new baby later today.)

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