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Gemma Wotherspoon at her home in Bodmin, Cornwall. See swns story SWTOILET . A new mum told yesterday (Thurs 21 Feb 2013) how she gave birth on the toilet – just hours after being sent home by midwives who insisted she wasn’t in labour. Gemma Wotherspoon (corr), 28, phoned the hospital when she developed severe back pains on her due date to let midwives know the baby was coming. But despite showing the classic signs of contractions, nurses assured her the birth was imminent and instead advised her to stay home and take paracetamol. When the pain got worse her husband Alistair, 30, drove her to Penrice Hospital in St Austell, Cornwall, to give birth. But after being examined nurses again insisted that she was not in labour and discharged her with “back pain”. Gemma gave birth just two hours after arriving back at home, while sitting on the toilet. The furious mum, from Bodmin, Cornwall, yesterday slammed midwives for sending her home and described her care as “shocking”.

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