Three sisters have all given birth on the same day – in the same hospital. But spare a thought for the Irish siblings’ fourth sister who’s pregnant, but she’s now days overdue!
The three baby cousins were all born at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, County Mayo, on Tuesday 1 September. The sisters all live close to each other in in Cloonfad, County Roscommon, and say they didn’t plan co-ordinated births.
Mairead FitzPatrick was the first sister to give birth – to a boy named Thomas Óg – at 3.25am on Tuesday. Her sister Joeline Godfrey gave birth to a baby girl named Sorcha at about 11am and the third sister Bernie Ward gave birth to a boy called Phelim at about 8.30pm.
Their other sister Christina Murray’s due date was Sunday but went days overdue. She said she was a “little bit” disappointed she hadn’t given birth on the same day as her sisters but hopes to have her baby soon.
Mairead told Irish news channel RTÉ that although they knew their due dates were around the same time – they never expected the births to happen within 24 hours of each other.
“I was actually due on Friday, the 28th [of August] and Christina was due on the 30th,” she said. She explained that Joeline had a caesarean section on Tuesday while her sister Bernie, who was due on Wednesday 2 September, gave birth a day early. “It was just so funny the way it happened. It was my first, and Jolene’s second, Bernie’s third, and Christina, this will be her fourth,” she added.
Mairead said their younger brother – who lives in England – has headed back to see his new nephews and niece. The four sisters now plan to christen their babies on the one weekend to save him money on the plane fares.
The maternity manager at the hospital, Mary Salmon, said staff were surprised by the synching of births. “We’re all talking about it… the fact that we have four sisters in and it’s never happened, as far as we know anyway, going back some time,” she said.