When 37-year-old Stephanie Jaegers of Locust Grove, Georgia went to the hospital for kidney stones, she came out with a baby.
Shaun Jude Jaegers was born at 3:50 a.m. on Oct. 19 and weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces.
“We are both still in complete shock over the events of the last few hours and appreciate the prayers and well wishes,” said Michael Jaegers, Stephanie’s husband, in a Facebook post.
Before giving birth, Stephanie Jaegers headed to the hospital experiencing significant stomach pain. She was admitted to the hospital with the belief she had kidney stones.
During her evaluation, a technician earned an “evil look” from the patient as she responded that she wasn’t pregnant and was currently on her period. Stephanie then ended up in emergency surgery and had an ultrasound ordered by her doctor.
“I was pretty much in shock,” she told CNN.
Shaun Jaegers’ unexpected arrival wasn’t the only pressing matter. Shaun was breech and he was sitting with his feet up by his head. But after going through labor, holding Shaun was the solution to all his mother’s anxiety.
“At that point all the fear went away, and you’re thinking this is how it was meant to be,” she said. “This is right.”
Michael said his reaction to the news that he was going to be a father for the fourth time was hard to describe.
“What was my reaction? I had about seven or eight of them. There was a little bit of doubt, definitely fear,” he said.
“I went from Googling ‘kidney stone treatments’ to a panic attack over the fact that not only were we pregnant, but the baby was coming within the hour. Most parents have a good nine months to plan for such a blessing, we had 30 minutes’ notice,” he wrote on Facebook.
Stephanie and Michael said they immediately began to recount all the things they did the past nine months, in fear that they might have jeopardized the baby they didn’t even know was on the way.
“We’ve been called stupid and dumb and ignorant, but until it happens to you, you can’t really grasp it,” he said. “[Stephanie] knows the symptoms; she knows the signs. There were zero. It was a miracle.”
Stephanie often complained of feeling bloated, most likely because Shaun was folded in half under a rib during the pregnancy. The way Shaun had been sitting could also explain why Stephanie’s stomach never protruded during the nine months.
There hadn’t been a reason to suspect a pregnancy, as Stephanie was told she was premenopausal and probably wouldn’t be able to have any more children, which could explain her hormonal imbalances.
As new family of six settles into a routine with their newest member, they’ve relied on friends and family for additional baby supplies. The couple said they have the basics covered, but they didn’t have a nursery set up and had begun selling old baby items.
“I was selling all the baby stuff, because we were done,” Stephanie said, laughing.
Tori Linville is a freelance writer and editor from Clarksville, Tennessee. When she isn’t writing or teaching, she’s faithfully watching her alma mater, the University of Alabama, dominate the football field.