A pair of Minnesota gave birth to sons 90 minutes apart — in delivery rooms right next door to each other.
In April, Ashley Carruth and Brittany Schille both found out that they were pregnant and had due dates just days apart.
But when Ashley went into labor on the day that Brittany was scheduled to be induced, the two were able to share the experience and deliver cousins with the same exact birthday.
What timing! A pair of Minnesota gave birth to sons 90 minutes apart — in delivery rooms right next door to each other
Ashley and Brittany live about 20 minutes apart in the Twin Cities area and got to enjoy their pregnancies together.
The shared experience was especially welcome during the pandemic.
‘Even for the baby showers and things like that, it’s not normal and it’s not what you expect in your head, so it’s hard, but having my sister going through it was just so comforting,’ Brittany told the local CBS station, WCCO.
Ashley went into labor first at 2 a.m. on December 14 — the same day, it so happened, that Brittany was scheduled to be induced.
Brittany said: ‘She had texted me at 2:30 in the morning saying “I’m having contractions I might be meeting you at the hospital.”‘
Both were admitted to M Health Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, where they were given delivery rooms right next door to one another.
‘I did get to say hi, and see her, and we both just gave each other a sweet look,’ Ashley told CNN. ‘It’s like those moments you think about when you’re a little girl happening in such a special way, so it was very, very emotional for both of us.’
Twins – sort of! When Ashley Carruth (left) went into labor on the day that Brittany Schille (right) was scheduled to be induced, the two were able to share the experience
‘We would text back and forth, “What are you dilated to, have you had an epidural yet?”‘ Brittany added.
They even shared some doctors and nurses, and Ashley said they were all laughing and joking about the unlikely scenario.
Ashley ended up giving birth first, with she and her husband John welcoming a son, Cassius John Carruth.
Brittany was next, and she and her husband Joe also had a son, Zander Paul Schille, who was named after the Brittany and Ashley’s father Paul, who died of cancer in 2016.
Ashley said the coincidence of their side-by-side pregnancies and childbirths felt like their dad was sending them a sign that he was watching.
‘It just seemed like something that he would do,’ Ashley said. ‘We really felt God’s presence and his presence throughout the whole labor and delivery hospital stay experience that could have been really scary and really weird with COVID, and no visitors, and no family able to come in besides your spouse or your partner.’