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Two Friends Give Birth Simultaneously While Husbands Deployed Overseas

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(KCEN) -- Two newborn babies in Louisiana have more in common than a name and a birthday.

Their stories also show a combination of love, friendship, and service. 

"It's a relief to have someone that can kind of give me a little guidance if I get a little lost, a little too emotional," said Deanna Minarik.
 
"To have her to talk to, especially the night before when I was felt anxious and really upset that he wasn't gonna be there." said Amber Burch.

Minarik and Burch didn't even know one another before their husbands deployed to Kuwait.   

The soldiers got their pregnant wives together on Facebook.

Then the  two found they had a lot in common; the same doctor, similar due dates, and they'd both decided to name their babies Madeline.

Neither of their husbands would be home for the birth of their child.  

According to Melissa Hodgson of St. Tammany Parish Hospital, "We can take care of those wives, we can bring these babies into the world, and if we can bring the laptop into the or and let them be a part of it, why would we not do that?"

And that's just what they did.

The hospital Skyped the husbands and brought them right into the delivery room via laptop.  

"It was great to be able to see everything. Definitely," said Deanna's husband Brandon.

"Thank the hospital staff for, you know, doing everything they could to get us in there," said Amber's husband Eric.

Madeline and Madelyn are both 48-hours old now, their mothers marching shoulder to shoulder down the halls of St. Tammany Parish Hospital.   

The infantry, so to speak.

 

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