Mom And Daughter Give Birth Minutes Apart: “They’re Almost Twins!”
A Tampa family has two reasons to celebrate after mother-daughter duo Angela Patram, 37, and Teranisha Billups, 20, gave birth on the very same day within minutes of each other.
“I’ve been in this field for 29 years…I’ve seen maybe 14,000 deliveries,” said Dr. Atef Zakhary, who practices at the Tampa General Hospital where the babies were delivered. “I’ve never seen a mom and daughter deliver on the same day. And this is as close as you could get.”
According to the Tampa General website, when Patram and Billups first learned that they were both expecting, they predicted that their delivery dates would be within weeks of each other. However, as fate would have it, this wasn’t the case.
“They’re almost twins,” said Patram, who works at Tampa General as a surgical oncology nurse.
Patram was actually scheduled to be induced on February 19, while Billups was scheduled to give birth on March 6. However, the night before her mother’s induction, Billups went into labor. Patram gave birth to her fifth child, Rayna Simone Patram, at 6:29 pm. Her daughter welcomed Jerry Michaud, Jr. in the very next labor room 34 minutes later.
“It’s a blessing,” said Patram.
Billups is a biology major at Florida A&M where her boyfriend Jerry Michaud, Sr. just graduated from. She intends to transfer to the University of Southern Florida. The couple plans on staying close to their relatives. Both moms expect their newborns to grow up to have a close relationship with one another.
“I guess we have special babies,” Billups said. “We’ll be celebrating birthdays together for the rest of their lives. They’ll be very close.”