Double celebration as sisters give birth on same day at Kettering General Hospital

Left to right: Richard, Oscar, Emily, Rupert and Lily with Claire, Eva Grace, Archie and Oliver. Picure by Andrew Carpenter
Left to right: Richard, Oscar, Emily, Rupert and Lily with Claire, Eva Grace, Archie and Oliver. Picure by Andrew Carpenter

Two sisters defied the odds to give their family a double celebration by both giving birth at Kettering General Hospital on the same day.

Despite having a week between their due dates, Claire Jelley and Emily Mayhew welcomed their new babies into the world within hours of each other on Saturday, August 23.

Emily Mayhew and Richard King with Rupert and Oliver and Claire Jelley with Eva Grace. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Emily Mayhew and Richard King with Rupert and Oliver and Claire Jelley with Eva Grace. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Emily, 31, from Great Bowden, delivered Rupert weighing 8lbs 13oz at 7.20am, while 33-year-old Claire, of Little Bowden, had Eva, who weighed 7lbs 6oz, at 4.53pm.

Grandma and mum of the girls Alison Mayhew, 58, said: “It’s exciting and I’m a very proud granny – I’m sure I’ll be helping with the nappy changing.”

The mums have been trading tips on breast feeding and nappy-changing and are already planning the joint birthday parties.

Claire, a teacher at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, said: “We’ve always been competitive and were both vying to be the first to give birth. We were on different wards but were constantly keeping in touch via text messages.”

Dads Oliver Jelley, 32, and Richard King, 39, had breakfast together at the hospital’s cafeteria on the morning of the big day, one already the proud father and the other an expectant daddy.

Oliver, managing director of Brixworth-based Orange Juice Communications, introduced Richard to his sister-in-law having met his friend through playing for Braybrooke Cricket Club.

Oliver said: “We always knew it was going to be a close call but never expected it to actually happen on the same day.”

Richard, assistant head teacher at Elizabeth Woodville School in Roade and Deanshanger, added: “It was really nice to share the experience together and it’s special that both babies are happy and healthy”.

Rupert was due on Saturday and Eva was expected this coming Sunday. Rupert has two siblings, Lily, seven, and four-year-old Oscar, and Eva has big brother Archie, three.

Proud father of the mums and grandfather of the new arrivals John Mayhew, 62, of Market Harborough, said: “We like to have a good knees-up in the Mayhew family and this will be the perfect excuse.”