They say the day you get married is one of the most memorable 24 hours of your life – as is the day your child is born. So if your baby is born at your wedding, you know you’ve got a day you’ll never forget.
That’s what happened to a couple in Jallais, France, this weekend. The baby wasn’t due until July 14, but several false alarms meant the wedding was almost postponed. The couple then decided to go ahead with the ceremony, according to the town mayor, Jean-Robert Gachet, who married them.
“[The bride was] definitely a bit worn out but we put that down to the stress of the wedding. I tried to hurry it up a bit so that she didn't get too tired," Gachet said.
The newlyweds were posing for photos on the town hall front steps after the 11am ceremony when the bride felt the contractions strengthening. She then went back into the building.
An ambulance was called when her waters broke, and the baby was born by 12.15pm.
Becoming a missus and a mum of two on the same day was fantastic. And we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding present
"The cry of the newborn boy was an emotional moment. It was a first for us and for the emergency services," Gachet said.
In a similar story, a British woman gave birth to a baby in the hours between her wedding ceremony and reception on May 6 this year.
Danielle Clewlow was 38 weeks pregnant on her wedding day. Already a mum to a one-year-old, she didn’t expect her second baby to come early – even when she woke up having contractions on her big day.
By the time she and husband Aaron were saying their vows, the contractions were coming much faster.
“Fortunately we didn’t have to stop at any point, but I know some guests did become concerned – they could tell when I was having a particularly painful contraction just by looking at my face,” she told the Daily Mail.
After greeting guests the newlyweds rushed to hospital, and son Paddy was born half an hour later.
“Guests were amazed when just a few hours later we turned up at the reception to show off our baby,” Clewlow said.
“Aaron and I both felt so proud – becoming a missus 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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