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Fourth baby comes without warning for Godwin mom

Posted February 9, 2011
Updated February 10, 2011

— When Godwin mother Chrystle Michael gave birth to child number three, a baby boy named Nathan, she felt her family was complete.

"Three was plenty for me," she said. "I had my tubes tied."

Nathan was born in January 2010, and Michael, 25, had a tubal ligation shortly afterward. Fast forward one year and Michael started having unexplained pain in her abdomen.

"I was hurting really bad, like in my kidney. I thought I had a kidney infection," she said.

The pain persisted for two straight days, until finally Michael rushed to the emergency room.

"When I got there, they asked me, 'Is there any way you can be pregnant?'" Michael recalled. "I'm like, 'No, there's no way possible.'"

But not only was Michael 39 weeks pregnant, the pain she was experiencing was something familiar. She was in labor.

Besides gaining 25 to 30 pounds over the course of nine months, Michael said she had no symptoms and absolutely no idea she was pregnant. She blamed the weight gain on a sedentary lifestyle.

"I didn't exercise and eat healthy and stuff like that," she said. "I thought that's where it came from."

No weird food cravings, no kicking, nothing whatsoever alerted her to the fetus growing inside her. Michael said she even continued to menstruate.

"This pregnancy was nothing like any of the other three," she said.

unexpected baby 'Miracle baby' shocks unexpecting mother

On Jan. 24, Christopher, a healthy baby boy, became the latest addition to the Michael squad. Girls Aubrey and Alexis are 4 and 5 years old, respectively. Nathan is just over one year.

"Immediately I busted out in tears. What am I gonna do? I have no clothes, I have no diapers, I have nothing for a baby," she said.

Baby Christopher Michael – whose mother calls him "a miracle baby" – is a tiny little bundle of proof that a tube-tying operation is not an absolute guarantee against pregnancy.

"I had my tubes tied. If it wasn't meant for him to be here, he wouldn't be here," she said of the January 2010 procedure.

It's rare that a woman gets pregnant after the tube-tying procedure, but it can happen, said Michael's gynecologist, Dr. Thomas Giebmanns of Dunn, who did not perform Michael's procedure. After being tied, Michael's fallopian tubes grew back together again.

"Just big enough for an egg to pass through," said Michael.

Giebmanns said only 4 to 6 of every 1,000 tubal ligations fail.

Now, Michael said, her family feels more complete than ever. Four is enough; she’s having another procedure to seal off a larger portion of her fallopian tubes next month.


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  • Warden Feb 15, 2011

    I'm glad the mother was okay with this. I don't know how I'd feel. My sister had a tubal, and she said the doc told her that his method was a snip and burn -- there'd be no chance of a reversal. She wanted that, and has been happy with it. If this were to happen to her, she'd probably sue the pants off of her doctor. And I wouldn't blame her. She'd and her husband would probably decide to have an abortion. It's a scary thought.

  • Mugu Feb 14, 2011

    I would have given it up for adoption.

  • 2323 Feb 11, 2011

    What a blessing!

  • shortcake53 Feb 10, 2011

    Dont ya just love those who read 2 sentences and think they have the whole story?? As well as those "experts" who know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING. Some people should not be allowed behind a keyboard. Blessings to this family on such a beautiful surprise!

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  • RB-1 Feb 10, 2011

    cariannestanley - "Obviously, as I said, there was a problem going on with this woman..."

    You a doctor?

    Some women have periods so irregular as to be nearly non-existent.

    After having tubes tied, many women gain weight.

    Some fetuses don't move a great deal.

    And sometimes women are so busy with their other children, they miss their body's signals.

    Doesn't mean "...there was a problem going on with this woman..."

    Can mean instead, stuff happens, and in this case, we may not know all that was going on in this woman's life during this time because the story is just about part of it.

  • RB-1 Feb 10, 2011

    Beautiful baby.

    Happens more than we think because they rarely cauterize or clip the ends of the tubes anymore.

  • mshngreen Feb 10, 2011

    This is just way too creepy.

  • JAT Feb 10, 2011

    Princess - you just proved my point. You said your daughter HARDLY kicked. But she kicked. And you felt it. There is nothing else that feels like that.

  • TAILG8R2000 Feb 10, 2011

    Sorry, but that just a dumb doctor. Do it like a vasectomy. Cut the tubes short enough that they can't reach each other, cauterize each end & then clamp the ends with stainless clips. Zero recalls. Ever.

    And if she's married, why didn't the guy get fixed? It's much, much easier (20 minute outpatient procedure).
    GOLO member since May 29, 2008
    February 10, 2011 8:58 a.m.
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    Well well I am glad I am not married to you LOL. I have heard that ruins a guy. I for one won't do it for a long time.