Woman Gets Married While on Hospital Bed Rest & Delivers Baby Just Hours Later

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just marriedParents-to-be Cynthia Reese, 27, and Michael Bof, 29, had planned to get married before the birth of their son. But you know what they say about the best laid plans going astray, and theirs did just that when Cynthia was admitted to the hospital on bed rest six weeks before her due date.

That might have been enough to make most couples postpone the nuptials, but not for this couple. Instead, Michael arranged for an officiant to come to the hospital to perform a quick, simple ceremony. But when the nursing staff got wind of their plans, they had other ideas.

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the staff went over and above the call of duty when they learned of the couple's plans and stepped in to make it as special as possible. They helped orchestrate an incredibly sweet wedding right there in the hospital complete with all of the traditional trimmings ... with a twist.  

From getting brownies from the kitchen for a "reception" to buying flowers from the gift shop and constructing a wedding gown made from a bed sheet, they went all out. A nearby patient heard of their plans and donated some baby's breath from one of her own flower arrangements for Cynthia to wear in her hair; the medical photographer even came down to take pictures.

Amy Kilgore, manager of internal communications for Akron General Medical Center where the nuptials took place, told the paper:

As the bride was being wheeled down to the chapel, a visitor who was playing the piano in the lobby quickly found the music for the Wedding March so she could play it for them. They had a lovely ceremony in the chapel, and afterwards the nurses attached a ‘just married’ sign to the back of the wheelchair as they returned to her room, which the staff had fixed up for the reception. The newlyweds and their visitors had a wonderful time celebrating.

So sweet, and just in time too. It was just a couple of hours later that Michael Frederick Bof II arrived, weighing in at 4 pounds, 12 pounds.

What a day! What a birth story! They're going to have an awful lot to celebrate each year on that anniversary.

Personally, I probably would have waited so I could enjoy my wedding a bit more, but if it was that important to them, then good for them for getting it done just under the wire. Where there's a will, there can be a wedding, I guess. And kudos to that amazing nursing staff who made a day they could never forget into one that was beautifully memorable as well.

Was it important to you that you were married before you had children?


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dirti... dirtiekittie

why do the bloggers at the stir say things like: Where there's a will, there can be a wedding, I guess. ?

it's like your tainting your own well wishes. "well, congratulations on having a baby! if you like being thrown up on." i've noticed it a lot more lately, little comments with the inevitable "I guess" or "I suppose" thrown in to passively voice your disapproval or dismay that someone did something differently than you would have.

personally, i'm incredibly happy for the newlyweds AND their new family! congratulations! just in the nick of time, too. and it makes my heart incredibly happy that so many people would be so helpful and go out of their way to help make someone else's day just a little bit better. the staff & patients at that hospital deserve a round of applause themselves. what a feel-good story!

early... earlybird11

Wow this is awesome. there r some nice people out there aftver all

nonmember avatar anon

Why does there have to be a negative spin on everything written here? Just because it wasn't your idea of a great wedding, you don't have to be bitchy about it. Personally, I think what everyone did to make their wedding as special as possible was amazing. There are so many awful people out there these days, it's refreshing to know that good people still exist. Congratulations to the Bof's!

lesko... lesko0324

I love what they did, I think it was sweet. They now get to celebrate their wedding and baby's birthday on the same day. Why does the writer need to be soo damn negative?

Stephanie Carr

that's sweet. :) congrats to them, and many blessings for a beautiful healthy life together. My husband and I thought it was important for us to be married before our son was born. We eloped on Valentines day and Lee was born on April first. :) 

Shelby Castello

I got married in my mother in laws kitchen lol!! We actually didnt know I was pregnant but it was really important to my husband to be married on the day we were so I gave up the "dream wedding" for that day and I am so glad I did!! Now I have had 3 years to think about what I really want for my wedding with my husband and my kids get to be a part of it too and on our 5th anniversary we are renewing our vows and getting the big hoopla. I have noticed also a lot of negatively written articles on here and it is sad that the writers have such negative attitudes and congrats to the family and way to go hospital for going above and beyond for someone else!!

Sandra Wayner

Awe that was a very sweet thing for the hospital to do for them. I love reading happy stories like this!! Wish there were more of them instead of the ones that either make you sick top your stomach, angry and or sad. I got married on my 19th birthday in my mother-in-laws living room. 4 months later my husband and we were expecting. When she was born weighed in at 3 lbs 7 oz 15 3/4 inches long. But she is a very healthy and happy 7 year old kid now!! My husband and I are going on 9 years on December 28. We are still going strong 

Mrs.F... Mrs.Frye22710

That is very sweet and I'm sure it was a beautiful wedding. There is no need for negativity. I was four months pregnant when my Hubby and I got married. It was important for us because we want our family to all have the same last name and we wanted to get married anyway so it was a win win situation. Congrats to the new family :) 

Tendr... TendrelovinMaMa

I agree with anon and lesko0324. I think its very sweet. I loved my wedding but didn't get married for my wedding. I think that makes sense. There are some very snotty comments in this article by the writer. Congrats to the newlyweds/parents!

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