A Scots mum gave birth in her living room while her entire family were in the house and plumbers fitted her new washing machine next door.

Amy Sheddon, 29, and husband Harry 32, welcomed baby son Angus at their Girvan home on April 26.

The Girvan couple had planned to have a home delivery and had a birthing pool set up in their livingroom ready for the big day.

Amy Sheddon, 29, and husband Harry 32, welcomed baby son Angus at their Girvan home on April 26.

However Angus made a very unexpected appearance when Amy's waters suddenly broke with no contractions, forcing her to give birth while their new washing machine was being delivered and both her parents, Edie and Alistair Scobie - and her in-laws Stewart and Margo Sheddon - as well as son Harrison, two, were in the house.

Amy said: "We had always wanted a home delivery but this was not exactly what we were expecting.

"Our washing machine had broken just a few days before so we were in the middle of getting a new one delivered.

"Our washing machine had broken just a few days before so we were getting a new one delivered that day."

"Harry and I also had an appointment at a chiropractor that day so Harry's parents came over to collect Harrison to take him out for the day and my mum and dad had arrived. It was supposed to be a very normal day."

She said: "My waters broke as I was handing Harrison over to my in-laws and I was thinking, ok this baby is coming now so we immediately started filling up the birthing pool.

"As my in-laws were there to collect Harrison anyway, they just stayed and entertained him in the garden while I was in labour."

However Angus made an unexpected appearance forcing Amy to give birth while their new washing machine was being delivered and both her parents, Edie and Alistair Scobie, her in-laws Stewart and Margo Sheddon and eldest son Harrison, two, were in the house.

Harry called Amy's midwife from Ayrshire Maternity Unit at Crosshouse Hospital, who headed to the family home in South Ayrshire to assist with the birth.

The family didn't have long to wait, with just two hours passing before baby Angus began made his arrival - but he wasn't the only surprise to show up that day.

Amy explained: "I was in full labour when the washing machine delivery guys turned up. So while I was in the pool in the living room humming and mooing like a cow, these guys were next door in the kitchen plumbing in my washing machine with my dad. It was very surreal.

However Angus made an unexpected appearance forcing Amy to give birth while their new washing machine was being delivered and both her parents, Edie and Alistair Scobie, her in-laws Stewart and Margo Sheddon and eldest son Harrison, two, were in the house.

"I had imagined this lovely dark, atmospheric room and had set up fairy lights and music for me and Harry to bring our baby into the world and create the perfect birthing experience, but in reality the sun was beaming through the window, my whole family were wandering around and there were plumbers in the room next door.

"It's quite funny but it didn't make having Angus any less magical and we were so happy all our family shared such a special experience with us in our own home."

Amy and Harry had decided to opt for a home birth following a traumatic experience with baby loss last year.

After finding out they were expecting their second child, the couple were devastated when at their 12 week scan on March 20 2020, medics told them their unborn child had anencephaly - a rare condition linked to Spina Bifida, where the baby develops without part of the skull.

Doctors told the couple that their baby would likely not survive pregnancy and if it did, it would not survive long after being born, so Amy and Harry made the heartbreaking decision to end the pregnancy.

Following their ordeal the couple later found out they had been expecting a baby girl who they named Starling Maree.

But Amy says the painful experience was compounded by the fact that Covid restrictions had just been implemented in hospitals meaning she had to attend appointments alone or had to explain their situation over and over to ensure that Harry was able to accompany her.

Amy and Harry

She said: "In the end Harry was with me and I was so grateful for that but we kept having to explain to medical staff what was wrong so he was made an exception.

"So when we fell pregnant again I knew I wanted a water birth so that Harry could be there from the beginning and no restrictions would impact our experience.

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"We feel so privileged to have had out home birth, it was a truly wonderful and healing experience."

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