This woman planned to give birth at home, but her waters broke early in the 36th week. She went to the hospital, and then went into labor for 40 hours. Just when she thought it was over, the doctors told her to keep on pushing.
During a Labor Day weekend, Nicole Ziesemer of Fremont, Michigan, told her husband, Matt, that she was pregnant by giving him “a shirt that said world’s greatest father.”
This was the couple’s first child, and they knew they wanted a natural birth and to give birth at home.
“We decided not to do an ultrasound, just as little intervention as possible,” Matt told WZZM.
However, things didn’t go according to plan.
Nicole’s waters broke on Dec. 29, 2017, four weeks earlier than her due date on Jan. 30, 2018.
Matt drove Nicole two hours to Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital through a blizzard. They reached the hospital at 4:00 a.m. that day, but Nicole’s contractions continued through the next day.
“We had another check at 11AM and she was still at 7cm and for the first time ever in my life I saw the look of giving up in my wife’s eyes and it absolutely killed me,” Matt wrote on his Facebook page about the situation.
The couple had planned for a natural birth without any medical intervention. But seeing Nicole in pain for the past 30 hours, Matt knew something had to be done. So the couple opted for a “small dose of pitocin,” which helped Nicole’s contractions, and she reached full dilation.
They then decided to get an epidural shot after Nicole had been pushing for four hours and was suffering from severe back pain.
Finally, two hours after the epidural, their daughter, Blakeley Faith Ziesemer, was born on Dec. 30, 2017 at 10:06 p.m.
“It was unbelievable, there is not a moment like it,” Matt said.
Little did they know they were in for a surprise when their doctor, Dr. Megan Forshee, went to check on Nicole.
“I reached in to check the patient and realized there was a head,” Dr. Forshee said.
“We thought she was joking and she was like, ‘I don’t lie about these things,’” Nicole recalled.
Nicole found herself pushing again. The epidural had worn off and she was in tremendous pain once more. However, she endured it, and about an hour later gave birth to their son, Cade Matthew Ziesemer.
The birth of their second child took everyone by surprise, including Nicole. “My first thought after delivering the second baby, ‘oh crap!’ we need a second crib, a second car seat, a second everything,” she said.
Although the experience was a roller coaster ride for the couple, it ended happily for all. Matt posted an update on his Facebook page that the children were released from the hospital and now home. Everyone is happy and healthy, which is what matters most.