A tale of two babies: Same birthday, city, name, have fathers deployed overseas
POSTED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 1:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 9, 2013 - 4:32pm
COVINGTON, LA (WDSU-CNN) — Two newborns delivered two days ago at St. Tammany Parish Hospital have some striking similarities.
"This is our deployment baby," mother Amber Burch said.
Burch gave birth to little Madelyn two days ago at the hospital.
"I think she's the most beautiful baby I have ever seen," mother Deanna Minarik said.
An hour later, Minarik's own little Madeline entered the world at the same hospital.
The babies share a name and a birthday, but they also have fathers who serve their country together in Kuwait.
While unable to physically be home for the birth of their children, they got their wives together on Facebook.
Burch and Minarik found they had not only picked the same names for their kids, but had the same doctor, hospital and the same due date.
"It's been nice knowing someone going through the same situation, having somebody to talk to when I have a question, who knows kind of the same thing I am going through. When I'm a little bit lonely, I can talk to her," Minarik said.
"To have her to talk to, especially the night before when I was feeling anxious and really upset that he wasn't going to be there, you know. Just knowing that she would be here and we're going through the same thing and feeling the same thing, it was great to have her," Burch said.
Both women stay in touch daily with their husbands using Skype, so it occurred to them to connect in the delivery room.
"As soon as I got here, my (operating room) nurse, when she found out what was going on, she said, 'Well, do you have a computer?' I said, 'Yes, ma'am, I do,' and she said, 'Well, we're bringing it in there,' and I was so excited," Burch said.
"These two Madelines are such a sweet story, and that their dads are together in Kuwait, that's a first for us, so it's really emotional and exciting," St. Tammany Parish Hospital representative Melissa Hodgson said.
The laptop followed both women into the delivery room, so both soldiers were there for the birth of their children.
"She set him up. He was right by my head. All I had to do was turn it, and his face was there. It was like having him there right beside me," Burch said.
"It was wonderful, being in the delivery room to see it," father Eric Burch said.
"It was amazing. He talked me through everything. It was wonderful," Minarik said.
"It was great to be able to see everything, definitely," father Brandon Minarik said.
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