Mother and Daughter Give Birth on Same Day

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According to Fort Myers ABC affiliate WZVN, a mother and daughter gave birth on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, just two hours and 46 minutes apart.

When 20-year-old Destinee Martin went to tell her mother Heather Penticoff that she was pregnant, she received quite the shocking news. Her mother, age 40, was pregnant as well. They learned shortly that they also had the very same due date. The two went through their pregnancies side by side, and for unrelated medical reasons, were both induced into labor on Tuesday at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, Florida.  

“To have my mom going through it with me is probably the most special, amazing thing ever,” Martin told WZVN

Martin also noted she wasn’t initially thrilled when the two women found out they were pregnant at the same time.

“It’s not something you would ever want or think could happen,” she told the source. She added that it turned out much better than she would have thought. 

Penticoff’s baby Madeline weighed 8 pounds and 15 ounces at birth. Her nephew Damien entered the world at 7 pounds and 9 ounces.

The family had a unique structure even before the babies were born on the same day. Martin has two aunts and an uncle who are younger than her. Martin’s son Damien very nearly had a similar experience but was born after his aunt Madeline by just under three hours.

Penticoff says the situation is like having twins without carrying them. She told the source that their simultaneous pregnancies were an event they couldn’t have foreseen and that God had planned.

When Martin wakes in the night to soothe Damien’s cries, her sister, baby Damien’s aunt Madeline, is right across the hall. Both babies and their moms were healthy and in good spirits when they left the hospital to head home for the first time.

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