First-time Mom Was Surprised to Know She Was Having Twins After 47-Hour Labor

December 5, 2019 Updated: February 11, 2020

This woman planned to give birth at home, but her waters broke early in the 36th week. She thus went to the hospital and then went into labor for 47 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,” according to a report by WZZM in January 2018.

This was the first time the couple, who met each other online in 2012, was expecting a child, and they knew they wanted a natural birth and to give birth at home.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Matthew Ziesemer‎‏ في الأربعاء، ٦ أغسطس ٢٠١٤

“We decided not to do an ultrasound, just as little intervention as possible,” Matt told WZZM.

However, things didn’t go according to the plan. Nicole’s waters broke on Dec. 29, 2017, around four weeks earlier than her due date of 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.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Nicole Ziesemer‎‏ في السبت، ٧ أكتوبر ٢٠١٧

The couple had planned for 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 told WZZM.

However, after all that they had been through in the last 47 hours, 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 she gave birth to their son, Cade Matthew Ziesemer.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Matthew Ziesemer‎‏ في الثلاثاء، ٢ يناير ٢٠١٨

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.

Soon after Cade’s birth, he suffered from breathing problems and had to be separated from his mother and sister, the Metro reported. “Over the next few days, my husband was primarily with Cade while my daughter and I stayed in for observations,” Nicole, who used to work in insurance before becoming a stay-at-home mom, said.

The couple was a bit stunned with all that had happened but most importantly wished that their babies would be strong and healthy.

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Nicole Ziesemer‎‏ في الجمعة، ١٣ يوليو ٢٠١٨

“The craziest thing is that on the day I went into labor I did have a scan but it only picked up the one baby,” Nicole said. “They think that Cade must have been hiding right behind his sister.”

A few days after the babies were taken home, the couple then had another task of ordering duplicates of baby equipment. Recalling the incident, Nicole shares, “But I really can’t imagine having just one baby now. It’s like they were meant to be. I love the thought that they’ll always have each other.”

Although the experience was a roller coaster ride for the couple, it ended happily for all.

When the siblings turned 1 year old, Nicole took to Facebook to write, “We made it….12 Months Old! Both kids have 2 bottom teeth, both are crawling and babbling, and Cade is pulling himself up onto his knees. They gave me a run for my money doing these last photos….haha Especially Cade, so we did it sitting up. Haha Happy 1 Year Babies.”

Matt, the father of the kids who will soon turn 2 years old, said according to Fox News, “My wife does an amazing job with the two of them. I really don’t know how she does it all day every day.”

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Nicole Ziesemer‎‏ في الجمعة، ١٣ سبتمبر ٢٠١٩

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So this is an absolutely crazy story!! My beautiful pregnant wife Nicole Ziesemer woke me up Friday early morning at 12:30AM to tell me her water broke. Yes, that was 4.5 weeks early as we were due on January 30th. So we called our midwife because we are planning on doing a Home birth but since the babies were less than 36 weeks we couldn’t do a Home birth. So we decided to go to Gerber hospital in Fremont because they work well with our midwife and think more on the natural side of things. Well I don’t know who remembers Thursday night into Friday but along the lakeshore was a complete blizzard so first I had to snowplow and snowblow the driveway because we got 10 inches of snow and then we drive 2 hours to Fremont in a blizzard! We get to the hospital around 3:30-4 am and get settled into our room. Nicole was really starting to notice her contractions at that time. But once she realized what they were, she realized she had been having them for about 2 days prior. So 7AM comes around and Nicole’s brother Raymond walks in because he is filling in for a 7-7 shift at the hospital so right then we knew we were at the right place. Especially since he never works at Gerber, typically downtown GR. So we were able to see him throughout the day. Then his wife Emily is a nurse at Gerber and she was working the 7-7 night shift and sure enough she was our nurse for the whole night!! When we first got to the hospital Nicole was dilated to a 3. And as time went on contractions continued to get stronger and stronger. Around 2PM Friday Nicole moved to 4cm, then around 3AM Saturday she was at 5 cm and then at 7AM she was a 7. Contractions continued to get stronger. And remember we wanted to do all natural so no pain meds or anything. So, Nicole is experiencing awful pain all the time. We have another check at 11AM and she was still at 7cm and for the first time ever in my wife I saw the look of giving up in my wife’s eyes and it absolutely killed me. After watching her suffer for the last 30 hours pushing and breathing and screaming I knew we had to do something else so I consulted several people and Nicole and we decided to start a small dose of pitocin; well this really got contractions going and got her dilated to a 10. So at 1 PM Saturday she started to push. And she pushed hard and strong for 4 hours and nothing but severe back pain. Pain so severe she was having panic attacks about being in any position except standing. So to deliver this baby we had to do something to get her out of pain so we decided to do an epidural and this helped her pain a ton! So she then pushed for another 2.5 hrs after the epidural and then the baby decided to start showing signs of stress for the first time so at this point Nicole and I are exhausted, ready to do whatever is necessary to get the baby out, so the doctor used a vacuum because of the higher heart rate so at 10:06PM Saturday, December 30th Blakeley Faith Ziesemer (4 lbs 4 ounces) was born!!! Nearly 48 hours after Nicole’s water broke. My wife was an absolute trooper!! I was so proud of her for what she went thru and how she dealt with the pain and everything. The OB stitched up my wife’s small tear and then started to work on the placenta and to EVERYONES surprise in the room she said there is a 2nd baby in there and we all crapped our pants and then all hell broke lose. The entire floor of the hospital was in our room it was packed just making sure everything was going to be ok. It was crazy! So Nicole thinking she was done has to push again and now her epidural had wore off so her back pain was awful but she did it and at 11:05PM December 30th Cade Matthew Ziesemer (5 lbs)was born! My wife is by far the stronger person I know especially after what I saw her go thru these last two days. So even though I’m more of a natural person things happen for reasons and there are definitely times for medical intervention and this was one of those times. God definitely has a greater plan for us and showed us that we don’t control anything in our lives. It is truly up to him and we have to trust that whatever curveball he throws at us is what we need in our lives. I thank the entire staff at Gerber for all they did for us. They were great!! My beautiful wife is recovering great just extremely sore. Blakeley is extremely healthy! Cade has a breathing issue that he is closely being monitored for but it should all be ok. Since he was pushed out so quickly and never had contractions really his lungs and fluid in is lungs didn’t come out as good as his sisters. We would appreciate prayer for everyone but especially Cade and his healing. This has been one of the best days of my life and also one of the biggest emotional rollercoasters I have ever been on. Thank you to all who prayed and checked in on us. It was much needed and appreciated. Our families were absolutely shocked just like us when we told them!!! I just added the video of when we told our parents. Cade is on the cart in the corner of the room and Blakeley is hiding under the blankets on Nicole’s chest. It takes the family a few minutes to realize there is another baby there when Nicole lowers the blanket. For about an hour they seriously thought something bad happened because we had so many other hospital members rushing in to our room when the news dropped there was a second baby in there and now they learned why it took so much longer and why we pretty much had the whole floor of the hospital rushing into the room. Ohh ya I forgot to mention Nicole had the flu 3 days prior so she had not eaten anything or really slept since Sunday 4 days prior to her water breaking.********************UPDATE 1/1/18Cade was taken off his ventilator today and put on a CPAP. This is great news and some major progress to the healing of his lungs and improvement of breathing!! The prayers are working so please keep them coming!! God is absolutely amazing! Blakeley is a little jaundice but doing great other than that and we are hoping she is released tomorrow! Thank you all for your continued support!!!*************UPDATE 1/2/18Cade is doing really well!!! They took his CPAP off today and nothing changed with his breathing or oxygen levels!! So he is completely breathing on his own with no support! The last thing with Cade is to monitor him for 48 hours to make sure he doesn’t have a hard time eating and breathing! The power of prayer has been awesome to see and visualize first hand! We were really hoping to bring Blakeley Home tonight but unfortunately the MDs are still concerned with her very first blood culture being positive. She had a second culture done which has not come back positive yet but the bacteria found in the first culture is not one you mess around with. So they just want to make sure that either it was a false positive or she will fight off the bacteria herself and be on antibiotics for 7 days. So they say the earliest release would be Saturday. All the blood work looks good for her and her white count is down. So that’s a good sign that if there is an infection it is being contained. So please continue to pray for the healing of both our kids. And for my wife as she continues to recover from labor!! Thank you sooo much for all your love and support!!! I can’t keep up with all the comments but we really do appreciate them. More than you know!!!*****************UPDATE 1/5/18Both kids are doing great!! We are hoping that Cade is released tomorrow!!! As long as he takes his bottle the next 24 hrs that will happen!! He is off all breathing supplements and his IV!!!!! Blakeley is doing wonderful as well! 2 more days of antibiotics and she should be home on Sunday!!!

تم النشر بواسطة ‏‎Matthew Ziesemer‎‏ في الاثنين، ١ يناير ٢٠١٨


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