Eric Betts, Deseret News
LAYTON — A Layton family is going to have to plan a pretty big birthday party for the month of July.
That’s because three sisters gave birth to three little boys in July. Two of those boys were born just 65 minutes apart — in the same hospital and delivered by the same doctor.
Sisters Kristal Turner, 25, Misti Stokes, 24, and Courtnee Hoffman, 21, didn’t plan to have babies at the same time.
“I found I was pregnant,” Stokes said, “and a couple weeks later my little sister said, 'Oh do you still have a test I can use because I think I'm pregnant, too.’ So she took the test and then we called my older sister and said, ‘Oh are you sad that we're pregnant and you’re not?’ and she said, ‘No because I am, too.’”
Turner and her husband, Spencer, had a boy, Burton, five years ago — who was also born in July. She had been trying to have another baby for 2 ½ years and finally got pregnant after she and her husband moved all the nursery stuff into storage.
Stokes gave birth to Boston on July 3. “I was glad that he was first because everyone paid attention to him, so I got a couple of weeks just me and him,” Stokes said.
She was also happy that she delivered earlier so she could help her sisters and be there when they delivered their babies at Ogden Regional Medical Center.
On the night of July 26, Hoffman went into labor. “I felt bad because it was actually her (Kristal Turner) due date when I went in, and then she told me she was in labor, too.”
Turner was supposed to be induced that same night. “I was actually supposed to be induced on Friday, but apparently there was a lot of deliveries, a lot of walk-ins on Friday, so they kept pushing me back every couple of hours,” Turner said.
Finally at 6 p.m., she was told to come back in the morning. Turner was up most of the night, texting her little sister to see how she was doing. Turner woke up the next morning in a lot of pain and rushed to the hospital.
“I actually passed my mom in the hallway who was going to see Courtnee have her baby, and she’s like, ‘What are you doing? Are you going to see Courtnee?’ And I’m like, ‘No, I’m going to have my baby,'” Turner said.
The sisters were in rooms across the hall from each other.
“We couldn’t go really into each other’s room very much, but we would send pictures back and forth and text and ask how each other is doing,” Hoffman said.
Turner said she felt horrible because she wasn’t able to help her sister, but the hospital helped them share the experience through the monitoring of their contractions and babies' heart rates.
“When she had him, I was the first to know,” Turner said with a laugh.
Hoffman gave birth to Stryker at 4:54 a.m. Saturday. He weighed 8 pounds 3 ounces. Sixty-five minutes later Mack was born at 5:59 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces.
This was also an interesting experience for the doctor who delivered the babies. Hoffman’s doctor was out of town, and Turner’s doctor was on call. The same doctor delivered both babies. Delivering to sisters at the same time was something he said he'd never done before.
The three sisters are now closer than ever. “It’s been fun to go through it together,” Hoffman said.
“I really think that there’s a reason why all three are born together,” Turner said. “They are going to have a great support system for each other.”
The cousins got to be near each other for the first time on Tuesday.
“I think they like each other,” Stokes said with a giggle.
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