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Couple marries while bride is in labor at DHM
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Newlyweds Remedia and Kevin Craighead are shown with their son Sebastian Blake Craighead. At right is Doctors Hospital of Manteca OB volunteer Judy Lowder. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

It was a first in the 55-year history of Doctors Hospital of Manteca.
A couple had planned to get married Wednesday but their son — who wasn’t due to enter the world for two weeks — wouldn’t wait.
So Kevin and Remedia Craighead were wed Tuesday night while she was in labor saying “I do” less than an hour before Sebastian Blake Craighead entered the world at 10:30 p.m.
Their son weighed in at 6-pounds-9-ounces and measured 19-inches long.   . 
Brother Al Deardorff officiated while the couple’s mothers — Rosemarie Craighead and Karen Grissom were on hand to witness the wedding and the birth minutes later — as were Remedia’s sisters Jennifer and Carley Davenport.
Nurse Carol Devers said another patient down the hall donated a vase of red and yellow roses to add to the ambiance as the couple was exchanging their vows.  The baby was delivered by Doctor Auther Adams of Manteca.
An added twist for Kevin occurred when Pink Lady volunteer Judy Lowder walked into their room on Thursday morning having been assigned to the OB department.  She and Kevin recognized each other immediately from his fourth-grade year at Shasta Elementary School – she had been his teacher.
Remedia and Kevin had been going together for some five years. They met on a date set up by friends at Six Flags in Vallejo where they rode on every roller coaster ride at the entertainment park. 
“I wore sweats and an oversized T-shirt,” Remedia said.  “I wasn’t too sure about the guy they had put me with, but we kissed at the end of the day.”
Kevin, who initially wanted to be a pediatricianis now working in construction. Remedia is in college majoring in Bio-Chemistry. They are making their home in Stockton so that she could be close to her school.  They say they are considering a move to Ripon.
Lowder said she had worked with Kevin’s mother when she taught at Shasta Elementary School, saying she was just great with special education children in the classroom serving as an aide. 

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