Around 300 babies are delivered at Mercy Hospital each year, so having five babies born on any given day is a special occasion — the fact that they were born on 1/11/11 makes it even better.
Mary Beth Bradley, the Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy, said a few times a year they will see a spike in birthrates, but she can't remember it ever happening on such a unique date.
First to arrive was the only boy of the group, Tycen Nicholas Krom, the son of Kari and Aaron Krom. He was born at 10:02 a.m.
There was only a brief respite for Dr. D. C. Wayman, who delivered four of the five, before Sara Ann Crosby came along. The daughter of Lisa and Bryce Crosby was born at 10:28 a.m.
At 3:53 p.m., Paisley Jae Tarang was born. The daughter of Lacey and Brian Tarang was the only baby to be delivered by Dr. D.L. Greves.
Rosalee Paige Hughes, the daughter of April Hughes was born at 9:19 p.m. The website listed the father as Dellen I., but no other information was available.
The last baby to arrive was Victoria Kathleen Robertson, who was born at 10:58 p.m. Victoria is the daughter of Elizabeth Walker and Thomas Robertson.
One of the mothers, Lisa Crosby, said her due date was Jan. 12, but she knew her daughter would arrive a day early — her other two daughters were also born one day before the due date.
“I work at Heartland Care Center and all the residents wanted a 1/11/11 baby,” she said, adding with a laugh, “It wouldn't have hurt my feeling if it was one day earlier. But, I'm glad it worked out.”
Crosby said her oldest daughter, Emily, also has a unique birthday — she was born on 4/4/04.
When asked if she was planning to try for a 12/12/12 baby, Crosby was quick to answer.
“No, absolutely not,” she said. “But, it'll be neat for somebody.”
The Crosby's other child is daughter Bonnie, who will be three years old on Feb. 1.
Crosby said it was an fun day for all of the new mothers and she praised the staff for the personal, quality care.
“It was an exciting day for sure,” she said.
Bradley said all of the mothers seemed thrilled about having their baby on such a unique day — and they were happy to share the special occasion with the other moms.
“It was a fun day,” she said. “I would have liked to have a baby on that day.”