Ah, fate. There are those who believe without a doubt that it plays a role in each of our lives. Others are vehemently opposed to such notions and feel everything that happens is completely accidental. Some feel we have no control over our destinies, while others are sure we make our own luck. Some believe in love at first sight, some believe in signs. There are those who believe in bad luck, good luck, mojo, karma, horoscopes, etc., etc.
The wise musician John Lennon once mused, "There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be." Whatever one believes, when the odds of something happening are one in a million, and it happens, it's hard not to gaze up into the night sky and wonder about the world we live in and how much fate plays a part in where we go, what we do, who we meet and what we experience.
Every time a baby is born, a miracle occurs. The fact that approximately 4.3 new human lives begin every second of every day, which adds up to 256 births each and every minute, is both mind-blowing and chill-inducing. It's amazing enough that two people can come together and create new life, but there are many instances involving birth that are so coincidental and crazy, it's hard to believe these fated occurrences have actually taken place.
You may want to rethink your feelings about fate after you've perused the following tales. Read on for 15 fated baby delivery stories that will most definitely make you say "WOW!"
15 Twin Deliveries
Twin sisters Stephanie Edington and Nicole Montgomery have a strong bond. They are so in sync, in fact, that their daughters arrived in the same New Jersey hospital just minutes apart. Stephanie's darling daughter Cora, and Nicole's little girl Louisa, both entered the world at the Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, New Jersey.
According to Edington, her baby was just waiting for the right moment to maker her arrival. She shared with ABC's Philadelphia station WPVI-TV, "We actually had a doctor's appointment today because we were due on Friday. We got there and they were like 'you have to go to the hospital' and we get a call that Nicole and Rich are on their way, too."
When Stephanie and Nicole were born, only three minutes separated their arrivals. Their babies doubled the minutes, and will forever share a birthday--just like their mamas--after being born 6 minutes apart.
14 Self-Performed Cesarean Section
Ines Ramirez is one amazing mother, and is credited with performing the first-ever successfully self-performed C-section. The knife she used to deliver her baby is still a useful tool. She has shared of the six inch blade, "I use it to cut fruit and vegetables now."
Ramirez resides in Rio Talea, a remote village in Mexico, 5 hours away from the nearest doctor. One night, she went into premature labor and knew she would need to do all she could to save her baby. She has said of the night her baby, Orlando, was born, "When I was seven months pregnant with Orlando, one night the pain began...I couldn't bear it. I started to panic. I knew I had to do something or this baby would die...I knew I had to get it out somehow."
After downing 2 cups of nearly 100 percent alcohol, she got to work. Ramirez has explained of the ordeal, "I put the knife in here [her lower abdomen], then pulled it up. Once wasn't enough. I did it again. I was crying and screaming, in terrible pain."
Dr. Galvan, head of the obstetrics department in the nearest hospital to Ramirez's village, nearly 12 hours away, has shared of this amazing mother and her state when she arrived in his care, "She was my star patient. I couldn't believe it. There was no sepsis in the wound, no internal bleeding. She was back on her feet in a couple of days."
Orlando is now a happy, healthy child, all thanks to his amazing mother.
13 Bizarre Birthdates
Chad and Barbie Soper of Rockford, Michigan have impeccable timing when it comes to the role they play in determining their children's birthdays. Their firstborn daughter Chloe was born on August 8, 2008 (08/08/08). That's pretty cool, but it gets a lot cooler. When the Soper's son Cameron arrived on September 9, 2009 (09/09/09) they were definitely impressed with the coincidence. However, when their third child, Cearra arrived on October 10, 2010 (10/10/10) there was no denying the fact that their children's birthdays are exceptional, not to a bit mention eerie.
Barbie Soper shared on the Today Show, "I thought it was neat numbers, something fun for the kids on their driver’s license – oh, your birthday has rhyming numbers...When the third one came around and it did end up on 10/10/10, I was surprised and I was happy because then the little one wouldn’t be left out."
When asked if the numerically noteworthy parents planned to try for a fourth baby born on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11), they were quick to respond. "Definitely no," Barbie Soper stated. "We wanted three and I'm glad we have that."
12 Larger Than Life
Stacey Herald is a mother of three from Kentucky who has defied the odds to bring her children into the world. The brave mama, who measures just 2 feet, 4 inches was cautioned by medical professionals that pregnancy would be an extremely dangerous thing for her to go through, as they worried a baby could possibly grow too big, crushing her heart and lungs.
Herald and her husband, Wil, have now ignored the advice of doctors three times and aren't sure if they're done having children. Stacey suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta. The condition has caused her to have underdeveloped lungs and brittle bones, and has stunted her growth. Despite this, Stacey loves being a mom and doesn't regret her decision to have children for a second. She has shared, "Three children is a handful at the moment, but I can see us having more babies in the future. We listen to doctors and respect them, but they don't always get it right, so we end up doing what we feel is best."
Stacey's third child, Malachi was born with his mother's condition, and her first two children, daughters Kateri and Makya, are average sized. Stacey has also stated, "We're pretty busy right now. Sleep is something we really miss. Three children would be a challenge for anyone - even normal sized people."
11 As Easy As 1, 2, 3
Natasha Wilson of Buffalo, New York is the mother of triplets. As impressive as this is, her story gets even more astounding. Her first pregnancy resulted in a single baby, a son. Her second pregnancy resulted in twin boys, and her third yielded triplets: all boys once again. Three pregnancies, 6 boys. Now that's gotta be a bit overwhelming. The family has more than enough children to start their own basketball team.
Wilson has shared that her husband was unemployed at the time of the birth of their triplets, and that his plan was to have two children and be done. Fate had other plans. Children can be expensive, and adding four more to the mix than were originally planned is most likely daunting for the couple. Despite this, they are overjoyed about their new arrivals.
Many wonder how this even happened and assume fertility drugs were involved in the process. Nope. Just good ole' Mother Nature. According to Natasha, "I go anywhere, and they just want to know if I took fertility drugs or if it was natural. It was all natural."
10 Mark Twain And Halley's Comet
Halley's Comet is a periodic one, meaning it comes within the Earth's vicinity in regular intervals: approximately every 75 years. The comet was named after the English astronomer Edmond Halley, who came to the correct conclusion that comet sightings reported in 1531, 1607 and 1682 could all be attributed to the same comet returning in periodic intervals. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, arrived on November 30, 1835 in Florida Missouri. His birthday coincided with the comet's appearance.
The famous author predicted that the comet would return at the time of his death and said, "It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together’.”
Amazingly, Twain passed away after he suffered a heart attack on April 21, 1910. He died the day after the Halley's Comet was spotted emerging from the far side of the sun. The comet's appearance was a notable one due to the fact that it was only 13.9 million miles away from Earth at the time of its passing, closer than usual, making it's luminosity quite spectacular.
9 Chloe's Story
When Walt Manis was a young boy, he had already decided he would have a daughter, and that her name would be Chloe. He just knew. When he met his future wife and she told him the name she'd always dreamed of for her future daughter, what she shared with him gave him the chills: Chloe.
The two wanted nothing more than to have a child. Annie has shared, "After more than two years of trying to get pregnant, we decided to see a fertility doctor to find out what was going on. After several tests, the doctors found nothing wrong. Ours was a case of 'unexplained infertility.'"
The couple decided to adopt, and after going through all the proper steps, they were informed a birth mother had chosen them to be the adoptive parents of her little girl. Shortly before their new daughter was due to arrive, Annie and Walt met with their baby's birth mother for the first time. They both broke down into astounded sobs when she told them that they could name the baby whatever they wanted, but that throughout her pregnancy, she didn't know why, but she had been calling the baby Chloe.
Annie shares, "Out of pain and difficulties, He (God) made something incredibly beautiful. Our sweet little Chloe is the most indescribably amazing gift, and we are thankful beyond words for her."
8 Mother/Daughter Due Dates
37-year-old Angela Patram and her daughter, 20-year-old Teranisha Billups have a lot in common: including the day they gave birth to their most recent babies. Mother and daughter welcomed newborns to the world in Tampa General hospital on the same day. Patram gave birth to her fifth child, Rayna Patram at 6:29 p.m., and Billups welcomed a son, Jerry Michaud, Jr. to the world just 34 minutes later, making little Rayna an aunt and Patram a grandmother.
Patram shared with People magazine, “We knew our due dates were around the same time, but we never expected that it would happen on the same day. I was shocked when I found out. I was like, ‘This cannot be right!’ ”
Both babies were delivered by Dr. Atef Zakhary. He shared on the hospital's website, "I’ve been in this field for 29 years … I’ve seen maybe 14,000 deliveries. I've never seen a mom and daughter deliver on the same day. And this is as close as you could get.”
Billups told People, “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...When we sit both babies next to each other, they just look at each other really closely. It’s weird seeing two babies of the same size in the house.”
7 Born A Minute Apart, But In Different Years
Twins in Arizona arrived to Brandon and Holly Schay...in different years. The first baby to be born, Sawyer Schay, arrived at 11:51 p.m. on New Year's Eve. His younger brother, Everett, entered the world at 12:01 p.m.. Sawyer was the last baby to be born at Banner Thunderbird Medical center in 2016, and Everett was the first to be born in 2017.
Brandon shared of the arrivals, "As it was happening we were like ‘oh, this is’ -- like, we kind of had a little foreshadowing that this could happen, and it did."
“We’re thrilled that we get to tell this story to family,” added Holly.
The same thing happened in Illinois a few years earlier with twin babies arriving to Ashley Fansler and Brandon Lewis in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Their daughter, Madisen Carin Lewis came into the world at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve, and her brother Aiden Everette Lewis arrived just a minute later, at 12:00 a.m. on New Year's Day.
6 A Cake For Five
For the Cummings family, February 20th is a special day that calls for lots of cake. Why? All five of the family's children: Catherine, Carol, Charles, Claudia and Cecilia, share a birthday. According to the Guinness World Record keeper's estimations, the odds of this happening are around one in 17.7 billion.
Parents Ralph and Carolyn Cummins celebrate their anniversary in June and joke that due to Ralph's occupation as a high school football coach, it was a month when he "wasn't so preoccupied."
Carolyn loves to bake individual cakes for each of the kids, despite the time and effort that goes into the task. Usually, each cake represents the child it has been created for. One year, Carolyn got ultra-creative and made 5 clock cakes, each one displaying the time the child the cake was created for entered the world.
The oldest sibling in the clan, Catherine, has joked, "I led the way. It’s really my birthday."
5 Lucky 11
Amy Zeller and Codjo Mensah welcomed their new daughter, Flora to the world at United Hospital. Their baby arrived at 1:11 a.m on January 11, 2011.
Seller shared, "She was like, ‘it’s going to be 1:11′ and sure enough, what was it? Five minutes afterwards, the doctor came in and was like, 'the nurses are pulling, we got six minutes.' I didn’t hold back, didn’t switch the clock. It was perfect timing,” she said.
Think that's cool? It gets crazier. Little Flora weighed in at nine pounds, 11 ounces. Adding yet another 11 to her first day on Earth.
According to Wes Hamilton, a Master Numerologist, Flora's birthday would be considered extra-special by ancient cultures. He shared, "In all those ancient cultures there was a name given at birth, and a date of birth and what he did was measure that energy. January is always new beginnings. The 11th is about listening to our intuition. 2011 is about building and develop. That baby will be very sensitive and aware.”
4 Kristin Davis's Little Rose
Actress Kristin Davis made headlines in 2011 when she announced she had welcomed a baby daughter through domestic adoption. She named her little angel Gemma Rose Davis, causing many Sex and the City fans to wonder if she named her real-life daughter after her fictional daughter Rose on the hit HBO show.
According to Davis, her name selection being similar to Charlotte Yorks' was nothing more than a coincidence. She shared with Anderson Cooper: "I had totally forgotten that on Sex and the City I also had a child named Rose and since I did this whole thing in secret I didn't talk to anybody about the naming or the adopting at all and I didn't realize the connection."
Davis continued, "Then we announced and everybody was like, 'Oh, she named her after her Sex and The City baby'. I didn't even consciously (realize it), not at all, not at all. I almost named her Rose as a first name because I kept thinking it's such a beautiful name. Isn't it weird? I think it was lodged unconsciously."
3 Ebony and Ivory
Allison Spooner and her partner Dean Durrant like to tell people that their family is "two in a million." When the couple welcomed their first pair of twins in 2001, they were pleasantly surprised to see that one had light skin and red hair like her mom and one had dark skin and hair just like her daddy. The couple was told the odds of this happening are around 1 in 500,000.
In fact, when Spooner discovered she was expecting twins once again, her friends and family light-heartedly encouraged her to place a bet on the same thing occurring again. When Spooner gave birth, sure enough, the two girls once again had different skin tones.
Spooner has said of her most recent twins' arrival, "I was shocked when I first found out I was pregnant with twins again - but I never thought for one second they would turn out the same as last time."
Durrant shared, "It was a real shock to the system when I found out we were having twins again. I didn't think the same thing would happen again. I was blown away when I saw them together. I didn't know until then that there was such a big difference between the two...We have a very special family."
2 Meant To Be
Daniel Askew and Jessica Crocker are a match made in heaven. The two met when they both attended Havering Sixth Former College in Hornchurch, but that wasn't the first time they'd been in the same place at the same time.
Askew and Crocker both arrived in the world at Rush Green Hospital, Romford, Essex on May 1, 1988. Jessica has shared, "The coincidences in our lives are just astonishing. It's almost as if it was meant to be all along."
When the two went on their first date, and discovered they had the same birthday, neither believed the other. The lovebirds eventually had to get out their driver's license to prove to each other that they were both being completely truthful.
A year later, they discover the coincidences didn't stop there. Croker shared, "We must have been 17, and we were watching his parents' wedding video. All of a sudden I looked closer and was like, 'that's one of my mum and dad's friends. I phoned my mum up straightaway. She said her friend, Sally Imber, came to visit her in the hospital, but then had to go and see another friend who had had a baby."
Later, it was put together that the other baby Imber went to see was Askew.
According to Askew, "It was pretty surprising. You just don't expect things like that to happen.
Adds Croker, "When we tell people they just don't believe us because it's such a fantastic story."
1 Romeo And Juliet
Romeo and Juliet are the star-crossed title characters in one of Shakespeare's greatest and most beloved tragedies. Their names have become synonymous with young love and their inability to resist each other despite their feuding families is as tragic as it is romantic.
On March 19, 2017, at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, South Carolina proud parents Morgan and Edwin Hernandez welcomed their beautiful baby boy to the world and named him Romeo. It was a name they had selected before they were even aware that a baby was on the way. Morgan told the Today Show in an email, "My husband and I have listened to an artist named Romeo Santos for years. We love his music and the name 'Romeo' was the only name we both 100 percent agreed upon."
Not even 24 hours later, parents Christiana and Allen Shifflett were over the moon when their baby girl, who they named Juliet, arrived in the same hospital, just down the hall from where Romeo had been born.
Since the baby's arrivals, Romeo and Juliet's parents appear to be nothing like the Montagues and Capulets, and have become fast friends. They even got the babies together for a Shakespearean-themed photo shoot, and have plans to stay in touch. Hernandez shared, "We have already talked about getting together for one year photos for the kids' birthday as well as senior year photos. We have found an amazing friendship within Juliet's family."