A Florida woman became a mother and a grandmother all in the space of 34 minutes when she and her daughter gave birth to babies on the same day.
Tampa General Hospital reported that one of their own staff, Angela Patram, a surgical oncology nurse, and her daughter Teranisha Billups both gave birth at the hospital on February 19.
Patram, 37, was scheduled to be induced with her fifth child on February 19 and her 20-year-old daughter’s due date with her first child was March 6. But the night before Patram was scheduled to go in for her induction, Teranisha went in labor.
The next day, both women were in labor at the same time.
“We knew our due dates were around the same time, but we never expected that it would happen on the same day,” Patram told People. “I was shocked when I found out. I was like, ‘This cannot be right!'”
“It’s a blessing,” she said. “They’re almost twins.”
Patram says they have already heard plenty of jokes about the 1995 movie, Father of the Bride Part II, in which a mother and daughter went in labor at the same time.
Although the occurrence isn’t a first — the Inquisitr reported on another mother/daughter pair who gave birth on the same day in November of 2014 — Dr. Atef Zakhary, who delivered both babies, was amazed at the close timing of the births.
“I’ve been in this field for 29 years…I’ve seen maybe 14,000 deliveries,” Zakhary said. “I’ve never seen a mom and daughter deliver on the same day. And this is as close as you could get.”
Both Patram’s daughter, Rayna Simone, and her daughter’s son, Jerry Michaud, Jr. are healthy and thriving according to Ellen Fiss, Tampa General’s public relations manager.
“They were just as happy at their checkup on Friday as they were on February 19,” Fiss said.
Angela was a bit disappointed that she couldn’t see her new grandchild right away, but she and her daughter made up for lost time as soon as they were able.
“I wish my mom could’ve been there, but I was really excited to meet my new sister and for her to meet her new grandson,” her daughter told People.
Billups is a biology major at Florida A&M, but is planning to transfer closer to home so she can be near her mother. She and her partner, Jerry Michaud, are currently living with Patram while they look for a home for themselves and their new baby.
“I guess we have special babies,” Teranisha says. “We’ll be celebrating birthdays together for the rest of their lives. They’ll be very close.”
However, it all still feels a little strange to the new mother.
“It’s weird seeing two babies of the same size in the house,” she said.
[Images via Tampa Bay General Hospital]