Bride gives birth on wedding day, attends evening reception few hours later
A British teenager, who gave birth to a baby boy just after saying her wedding vows, managed to return to her evening reception to flaunt the newborn
Just-married Danielle Clewlow and her new husband Aaron, 25, became parents to a bouncing 7Ib 7oz ‘Paddy’.
“I had such a big bump that friends and family joked I could give birth on my wedding day,” a major newspaper quoted Clewlow as saying.
“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 Clewlow would be 38 weeks pregnant, she would not deliver on the same 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.”
Even when on the morning of her wedding, the 19-year-old woke up with contractions she decided to press on.
Clewlow revealed that 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.
“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.”
Aaron drove her to hospital where midwives just had time to fill a birthing pool before half an hour later at 6.27pm Clewlow gave birth to Paddy.
“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,” she said.
After being given a clean bill of health, at 10pm the couple popped back to the reception with their newborn.
“Incredibly when we looked at our wedding cake, it had a little newborn in icing on it,” she said, “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,” she added.