3 Sisters Give Birth on 3 Consecutive Days
From left to right: Tracey Mueller with her daughter Sophia, Trisha Duvel and son Jack, Jamie Roden with daughter Kara.
Gabriel B. Tait/The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
01/06/2006 AT 09:00 AM EST
Here's one for The Guinness Book of World Records: Three sisters in Missouri gave birth on three consecutive days at the same hospital in the St. Louis suburb of St. Charles last week.
And the best news is that everyone involved is doing well, though all three kiddie cousins – Sophia, Jack and Kara – dozed while their moms Tracey Mueller, Trisha Duvel and Jamie Roden and grandmother Sondra Dames were interviewed by Katie Couric on Friday's Today show.
"Perhaps that's perfect," cooed Katie.
Yet the amazement continues. "I've had sisters deliver within a week or so of each other, but nothing like this," said Dr. Evelyne Schuetz, who monitored the sisters' pregnancies. Her medical partner offered to deliver the third, but Schuetz wasn't about to jump off this bandwagon.
"I said, 'I've delivered the two, I have to deliver the third,'" she told the Associated Press.
Mueller, 28, was the first to give birth; daughter Sophia Ann Mueller arrived at 7:07 a.m. on Dec. 28. Labor pains next struck Duvel, 31, who delivered Jack Thomas Duvel at 9:39 p.m. on Dec. 29. The next morning, Roden, 24, started feeling queasy. She checked into St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles in the afternoon, and Kara Grace Roden arrived at 9:23 p.m.
"It was a complete joke the entire pregnancy that we'd have them at the same time. But none of us really thought it would ever happen," Duvel said.
Throughout the marathon of deliveries, grandma Dames, 53, was on nearly round-the-clock watch at the hospital.
"By the end of it our mom was so tired, it looked like she was the one that had had a baby," Roden said. "She went through more labor than we did," Mueller added.
Grandparents Sondra and Jack Dames were looking forward to the next "madhouse" family dinner now that their brood of grandchildren has grown to 10, AP reports. "The only difference is now they'll all have to bring their own groceries," joked Grandpa Jack.