First time mum Alice Payne gives birth asleep

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A sleeping baby (Getty/File)

A mother in the UK who reportedly dozed off during labour gave birth to her son whilst asleep. 

Alice Payne, 23 told The Sun she "couldn't feel anything," claiming to have only woken up 10 minutes before completely giving birth to her first child. 

The incident occurred after a machine misread her contractions on December 18.

Mrs Payne said, "Because the contraction monitor wasn't reading me properly, doctors didn't realise that I was as far along as I actually was.

"I was given some drugs to let me nap for a couple of hours, but 30 minutes later they realised I was ready to push."

Mrs Payne's doctors were worried that she was too relaxed to push and would need an emergency C-section.

However, she said it was the familair voice of her husband telling her to "push" that resulted in a succcesful birth despite her being half asleep.

Despite doctors' worries, baby Philip was born healthy at just over 6 pounds. 

"I remember a nurse trying to put Philip in my arms, but I was going to sleep again, only to wake up two hours later to properly meet my son," she says.

"Though I'm pleased I missed the pain of labour, I do wish I had been more present for my first baby's birth."