Remote Brazilian island welcomes first baby in 12 years, mother had no idea she’s pregnant

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  • The arrival of a baby girl on a remote island that prohibits childbirth came as a surprise to everyone — including the parents
  • The woman, who did not want to be identified, said she had taken a pregnancy test but the result was negative

A remote island in Brazil has welcomed the birth of baby girl after 12 years because a local woman broke the rule against giving birth there.

The baby girl born on the Atlantic outpost of Fernando de Noronha on Saturday came as a surprise to everyone, including the parents, because this island in the Atlantic Ocean doesn’t authorize child births for there is no maternity ward present in the island, a local media reported.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, said she had taken a pregnancy test but the result was negative. When she started to feel pain on Friday night, she had the surprise of a lifetime.

“When I went to the bathroom I saw something coming down between my legs,” she told Brazilian newspaper O Globo.

“That’s when the father’s child came and picked it up. It was a baby, a girl. I was shocked, I didn’t know I was pregnant,” she added.

The couple then brought the baby to the local hospital, where authorities confirmed the birth.

The island claims it only have 3,000 residents and not one maternity ward, so pregnant mothers are asked to give birth on the mainland instead.

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