2 Babies and a Shakespearean Coincidence in a SC Hospital

Meet Romeo and Juliet, born hours apart in the same medical center
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2017 10:16 AM CDT
Newborns Romeo and Juliet Meet in SC Hospital
The parents of this Juliet, left, and Romeo approve of the match.   (Facebook)

A diaper by any other name would not smell as sweet to two "star-crossed" babies born earlier this week in a South Carolina hospital. CBS News reports on the birth of little Romeo Hernandez on Sunday at Coastal Carolina Hospital, and as the hospital's newborn photographer, Cassie Clayshulte, was chatting with his parents the next day, she suddenly recalled the name of a baby girl who'd been born earlier that day in the room next door: Juliet Shifflett. Then Clayshulte's flashbulb went off in her head: Take a photo of the two babies together. The parents were game, leading to the now-viral photo Clayshulte posted Monday on Facebook.

"Both babies have full heads of hair and already make the cutest couple!" she wrote, adding that the names for both babies were picked well in advance of their births. Juliet's parents tell ABC News they wanted a "J" name to match her older brother's (Jonas), while Romeo's parents say his moniker is a tribute to Romeo Santos, a singer they both love. The photo has received thousands of likes and shares, and Clayshulte says Romeo's parents cried (a happy cry, not an anguished Montague-Capulet cry) when they saw that picture and others Clayshulte took of the babies. "We've already made jokes they need an arranged marriage," Clayshulte tells CBS, noting she's already raised her hand to be their wedding photographer. (Those parents obviously went Shakespearean instead of "posh" in their baby name picks.)

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