Chloe Wilson experienced something during her pregnancy that most people couldn't even dream of. When she became pregnant with her second child, she figured she already knew what to do so there was no point in seeking medical help.
"I have always preferred to find my own path in life, and felt comfortable doing this," she wrote for The Guardian. "My family hated it – they wanted the reassurance of the professionals – but as far as I was concerned, I had produced one healthy baby, so I would produce another. My body didn't need help."
"My pregnancy was developing nicely," she continued. "I felt queasy, but nothing out of the ordinary. When I was pregnant with my son, Buzz, two years earlier, I had felt so alienated and stressed whenever I came into contact with the medical profession that I decided not to involve the NHS again. I didn't have any blood tests, scans or measurements, not even the 12-week scan. I would have liked to have had checks, but I couldn't afford an independent midwife, so I trusted my instincts."
However, as labor began, Wilson knew something was off.
"I realized it wasn't progressing like the birth of my son. His had been four hours of alternating agony and ecstasy, whereas this was just grinding pain that dragged on for the whole day. I had taught myself how to do an internal examination, so I could feel I was fully dilated. I had labored for 10 hours, but now, instead of a head, I felt something bony. It didn't feel right at all."
That's when she knew it was time to seek medical attention. It's what the doctors saw when she arrived at the hospital that left everyone stunned.