Scottish bride goes into labor on wedding day as baby arrives weeks early
A bride who gave birth on her wedding day says the early arrival of her unexpected little guest was the perfect wedding gift.
As a former wedding planner, Rebecca Macmillan knows better than anyone that timing is everything when it comes to planning your special day.
But when she and her partner Nick Cheetham found out the surprise news that they were to become parents just four weeks after the dream wedding they had booked, they were sure to have time to kill.
Little wedding-gatecrashe r Rory had other ideas.
Shocked, Rebecca gave birth the morning of her wedding.
Just when she should have been getting ready to walk down the aisle, she was delivering her baby boy via emergency C-section.
She thinks little Rory obviously didn’t want to miss his parents’ special day.
Rebecca said: “Every bride wants a memorable wedding day, and Rory made ours more memorable than most.
“We ended up not getting married, but instead we have the most beautiful baby boy.
“We may have lost most of the money spent on our wedding, but the joy of having our son is priceless.”
Hairstylist Rebecca, 32, and skills and competencies manager Nick, 36, got engaged in July last year after meeting online and dating for five years.
The couple, who live in Stirling, booked their wedding for Saturday May 21 at Gartmore Village Hall in the heart of the Trossachs National Park and got to work arranging everything from catering to videographer.
Rebecca was convinced she was unlikely to give birth a month before her baby’s due date of June 20.
She said: ‘When I was a wedding planner I never worked with a pregnant bride. I think most people aren’t crazy enough to get married while heavily pregnant – just me.
“When we first found out we were having a baby, we were actually going to postpone the wedding, but after going through the coronavirus pandemic, we realized life was too short and decided ‘Let’s go’. .
“We often joked about the arrival of our baby on our wedding day – never believing it would happen.
“I also had the daily conversation with my hairdressing clients, and I always said ‘As long as I make the aisle’ – but that’s not what happened.”
Rebecca, who was due to have eight bridesmaids at her wedding, said the surprise pregnancy caused them to change some of their wedding plans.
She said: “I had to buy a new wedding dress – four sizes too big for me – because my original dress was tiny.
“My girls’ weekend plans were to be designed around my pregnancy – but we still had a wonderful time, in Port Patrick, where we did an aromatherapy workshop, dressed up as rock and pop stars , and went out to dinner.
“But other than that, I was probably a little naive and thinking that everything would be fine, and I would be on the wedding dance floor.”
Rebecca said she initially started feeling nervous that their baby might arrive early the day before her wedding, when she and Nick were joined by family to decorate the hall where their reception was being held.
She said: “I woke up on Friday morning feeling great.
“On Friday afternoon, we set up the room.
“Our mums went to work setting the tables, the bar was set up and we got all our chairs ready for the ceremony.
“Things were going well and there was a nice buzz, but I didn’t feel good.
“By the time evening came, I was paranoid, so-called midwife.
“She assessed me and said at this point my symptoms were ok and I should be fine, but I had to call back if anything changed.
“We had pre-wedding dinner with our parents, then went to bed early at a B&B, while Nick stayed at a nearby hotel.”
Rebecca woke up in the wee hours of the morning when her waters broke.
She calmly called the hospital, packed her things, then called Nick to tell him she was on her way.
She said: “As I left, I knocked on my bridesmaids’ door to tell them I was going to the hospital.
“I had to drive myself because I was the only one who didn’t have a drink at dinner.”
On her way to the hospital, Rebecca said she and Nick hoped they would be told they could go ahead with their wedding plans as her contractions had yet to start.
But when they arrived at Forth Valley Hospital in Larbert, they were told her baby was on the way.
While Nick contacted their wedding vendors to cancel their big day, their families did their best to contact all 200 guests.
Rebecca said: ‘All the nurses and midwives knew our story and told us how sorry they were about the wedding. All the hospital staff have been so kind and absolutely amazing.
“Our family and friends who were local gathered at the scene to start taking the wedding apart – collecting everything from my dress, decorations, jewellery, cake etc, putting it all back in storage for the next one. big day.
“Everyone was mostly worried and excited for us, which was really sweet. Some people thought it was a liquidation.
When doctors noticed that Rebecca’s unborn baby’s heart rate was starting to drop alarmingly every time she had a contraction, the decision was made to rush her to the theater for an emergency C-section.
Baby Rory Ian William Cheetham was born at 11.40am, weighing 5lbs 3oz, which was to be his parents’ wedding day.
Many wedding guests who had gathered at the wedding venue held drinks to toast the newcomer.
Rebecca said: “We had a Facebook page for our wedding so we posted a picture of Rory to let everyone know he was there.”
Rebecca and Nick believe that postponing their wedding just hours before the scheduled date may have cost them up to £12,000.
They hope to finally get married and achieve their dream wedding in the future.
And they’ll make sure their baby grows up knowing the chaos — and expense — his dramatic untimely arrival has caused.
Rebecca, who was joined by Nick and his midwives for an unofficial wedding cake cutting ceremony at the hospital, said: ‘We had paid our last balances two weeks before the wedding.
“We had paid for the venue, the catering, the band, the photographer, the videographer, the humanist celebrant, the cake, the kilt rental, rented a bar, the flowers, the hair and the makeup, and Nick even had me booked a surprise piper.
“The piper and photographer said they would be happy to move our booking to a new date.
“Our caterer also offered to move the date for a small fee – a baby hug from Rory.
“I hope some of the others do the same, because I don’t know how we can afford it again.
“I had a word with Rory, and he knows he won’t have pocket money until he’s 18.”
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