Mom, Daughter Give Birth 34 Minutes Apart

Tampa hospital has an unusual dual delivery
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2015 5:12 PM CST
Mom, Daughter Give Birth 34 Minutes Apart
Dr. Atef Zakhary of Tampa General holds the newcomers, flanked by Angela Patram, left, and Teranisha Billups.   (Tampa General Hospital)

At 6:29pm on Feb. 19, Angela Patram gave birth to her fifth child. Just 34 minutes later, she became a grandma. Tampa General Hospital explains the unusual occurrence: Patram, 37, and her daughter, Teranisha Billups, 20, ended up giving birth on the same day, in rooms next door to each other at the hospital. For Patram, the date was planned: She had a scheduled C-section. Billups wasn't due until today, but she went into labor the night of Feb. 18 and eventually gave birth to her first child, Jerry Michaud. His young aunt is named Rayna Patram.

“I’ve seen maybe 14,000 deliveries,” says Dr. Atef Zakhary. "I’ve never seen a mom and daughter deliver on the same day. And this is as close as you could get.” Both moms and both babies are doing fine—in fact, they're all living together for now as Billups looks for her own place, reports People. "When we sit both babies next to each other, they just look at each other really closely," says Billups. No wonder: "They're almost twins," says Patram, a surgical oncology nurse at TGH. (Click to read about a childbirth surprise of a whole different nature.)

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