This is how Danielle Clewlow’s story about having a baby on her wedding day appeared in the SUNDAY MIRROR newspaper and the DAILY MAIL website, as well as Take A Break magazine.
Bride gives birth to baby boy on her wedding day… but still makes it back in time for evening reception to show off newborn
By ALISON SMITH-SQUIRE
PUBLISHED: 7 May 2012
They say being a bride and becoming a mother are two of the best days in a woman’s life.
And Danielle Clewlow managed to achieve both in one day, when just after saying her vows, she gave birth to a bouncing 7Ib 7oz baby boy.
Incredibly, just-married Danielle and her new husband Aaron, 25, even managed to return to their evening wedding reception to show off the newborn.
Cuddling two-week-old Paddy last night, the nineteen-year-old said: ‘I had such a big bump that friends and family joked I could give birth on my wedding day.
‘But even when just before the evening party began I nipped to the hospital, I don’t think anyone thought I would actually give birth on my wedding day.
‘And guests were amazed when just a few hours later we turned up at the reception to show off our baby.’
When the couple, from Stoke-on-Trent, booked their white registry office wedding, they were confident that although Danielle would be 38 weeks pregnant, she would not give birth on the day.
Danielle, who has another son, Keaton, one, said: ‘Keaton was a day late so it never occurred to us our second baby could be early.
And we knew once our second baby was born, that it would be much harder to find the time to get wed. So when Aaron and I decided on Valentines Day to marry before he was born, it seemed a great idea.’
Danielle said she could feel the contractions when the couple took their vows but she still managed to pose for a picture while signing the registry.
‘We’d invited fifty guests and I’d managed to find a beautiful long white wedding dress to accommodate my big bump. Then the registry office and our reception at a local pub was all booked – not to mention a wedding cake and buffet that had been prepared. So after all that, I was determined to marry,’ she said.
Contractions continued throughout the morning. ‘At times it was difficult to sit still while my hair was being done,’ she admits.
And by the time she and Aaron said their vows, the pains were coming thick and fast.
‘Fortunately, we didn’t have to stop at any point but I know some guests did become concerned as they could tell when I was having a particularly painful contraction just by looking at my face.’
Amazingly, in between pains, she managed a smile for the camera as she and Aaron signed the register.
And the couple even attended their wedding breakfast straight after – although Danielle could only manage a sandwich from her wedding buffet.
But at 5.30pm – just as the evening do was getting underway – she decided to go to hospital.
‘The pains were much stronger,’ she said, ‘and my mum said she thought I should get out of my wedding dress.’
Aaron drove her to hospital where midwives just had time to fill a birthing pool before half an hour later at 6.27pm Danielle gave birth to Paddy.
She says: ‘I was so relieved I’d got there in time – in hindsight I had no idea how close I came to having Paddy at the reception.’
After being given a clean bill of health, at 10pm the couple popped back to the reception with their newborn baby.
‘Incredibly when we looked at our wedding cake, it had a little newborn in icing on it,’ she says, ‘everyone was so thrilled to see us.
‘Aaron and I both felt so proud – becoming a Mrs and a mum of two on the same day was fantastic. And we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding present.’
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