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WHDH: A Chelmsford mother-to-be who had her son's delivery all planned out was taken by surprise when she learned her new baby boy had other plans.

mom delivers baby in bathroom

Janet Kotsoukos planned on a natural birth in a delivery room at Emerson Hospital. However, her son Lucas had something else in mind.

The new mom didn't even end up getting the chance to go to the hospital. She had the baby at home while on the phone with paramedics.

Early in the morning on Feb. 1, Janet Kotsoukos woke up to minor contractions.

"I was planning on going into work....Because I wanted to work up to the day it happened," said Janet.

Within hours, the contractions began coming every two minutes.

"I said to Nikos, okay, things are progressing rather quickly. We really should get things moving. So we called the babysitter. She was on her way immediately, but you know, still 20 minutes. We thought that would be plenty of time," she said.

As it turned out, 20 minutes wasn't nearly enough time.

Minutes later, it was too late to go anywhere: baby Lucas was determined to be born at home.

Janet managed to make her way downstairs, but was still waiting for the babysitter to arrive to watch her two-and-a-half year old son Leo.

"I hear a scream. I go inside and she says, 'It's too late now, we can't make the hospital. Phone 911,'" said Janet's husband Nikos.

As he dialed, Janet made it into the bathroom.

"All of a sudden, she's standing in the bathroom and the baby is coming out," said Nikos.

Minutes later, emergency workers arrived to check out baby and mom, who were both just fine.

"It was absolutely insane. Even thinking about it now...I really can't believe that it happened," said Janet.

Baby Lucas joined the world weighing in at eight pounds, two ounces.

After a two-day stay at Emerson Hospital, both the mother and baby are in good condition.


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