As she ironed one of her children’s wedding outfits, one pregnant mom just couldn’t wait to see her daughter walk down the aisle. She had already given birth to ten children and was excited that her oldest ones were making their own way in life. But, just as she was dreaming of the big day, her waters broke.
Natalie Lee comes from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up in a large family, with nine other siblings. And in 2015, her brood was about to get even bigger. Believe it or not, Natalie’s mother Amy Hamilton was pregnant with her 11th child.
However, just as Amy was preparing to welcome her newest baby, she was about to give another one away. Natalie was planning her dream wedding with her beau Michael. And she couldn’t wait for her family to watch her tie the knot.
By January 2015 Natalie and Michael must have had her wedding plans pretty much cemented – including picking out their ideal venue. Now all they had to do was fill it with loved ones. However, little did they know, Natalie would never make it down the aisle in their chosen location.
In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Amy was likely helping her daughter with the nuptial plans. She had been looking forward to seeing her daughter marry for some time. So, she was keen to have everything in order for the big day.
And with nine kids to plan for and another one on the way, Amy had a lot to do. So, to get ahead, she started organising her children’s wedding outfits in advance. That’s exactly what she was doing one day when she felt a change in her body.
Recalling the worrying moment, in 2015, Amy told KMSP-TV, “I was in the basement ironing one of my son’s shirts for the wedding when my water broke.” This development was a worrying one, since Amy was only 26 weeks pregnant at the time.
Amy was rushed to the emergency room where doctors transferred her to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Once there, her medical team told the expectant mom that she wouldn’t be going anywhere for a while – including to her daughter’s wedding.
If a woman’s waters break before she’s 34 weeks pregnant, doctors will generally try to delay delivery. That way, the unborn baby has more time to develop. So, in order to prevent infection, the expectant mom must take antibiotics as well as steroids to help her baby’s lungs mature.
Amy’s doctors decided that the best course of action for her was to stay in hospital until she was 32 weeks pregnant. That way, they could keep a close eye on her and her unborn baby. Then they could conduct a cesarean section to deliver Amy’s newest daughter.
With Amy consigned to her hospital bed, it looked like she would have to miss Natalie’s wedding. Naturally, the mom was devastated at the prospect of letting her daughter down. “All my thoughts were with Natalie,” she revealed.
Recalling what went through her mind when she realized she would probably miss seeing the first of her children walk down the aisle, Amy added, “This can’t be happening. I have to be there for her. Saturday is the day.”
Saddened as she was to let her child down, Amy knew she had to follow her doctors’ advice, for the sake of her unborn daughter. “The baby inside me is my little girl too and I have to take care of her too,” she concluded.
When Natalie heard news of her mother’s predicament, she was equally as disappointed. “I spent a lot of that day crying,” she admitted. However, that’s when her dad and sister came up with an ambitious plan to save the day.
At the last minute, Natalie decided to move her nuptials from their intended location to the mother and baby center at the hospital. “My dad and my sister just had the idea and so we thought, let’s do it because I wasn’t going to do it without her,” she explained.
Luckily, Natalie’s groom Michael was understanding and agreed to the relocation of their wedding. He didn’t care where he was, as long as he made Natalie his wife. “He saw me and he said he heard God tell him, ‘That’s going to be your wife,’” she later revealed, recalling their first meeting.
So, after getting permission, the couple moved their big day so that Natalie’s mom could be there. And although it wasn’t the most conventional venue, hospital staff did all they could to make the big day as special as possible.
One nurse in particular went above and beyond expectations to give Amy a day she would remember forever. “She’s just been a real blessing,” the jubilant mom revealed. “She went out and bought rollers for my hair and did up my hair for me. I mean, what kind of nurse would do that for a patient?”
So, in the end, Natalie got to tie the knot in front of all her loved ones. Chaplin Rev. Phil Rose conducted the ceremony, which was his first wedding at the hospital. However, to him, the ceremony captured everything family should be about.
Calling the nuptials “inspiring,” he added, “I really appreciate the way they’re gathering around this couple and around mom, Amy, to support one another.” And the gesture didn’t go unappreciated by the mom herself. “I just feel so loved, so loved right now that this worked out for me,” she said.