MANSFIELD, Ohio – The odds of three sisters having babies on the same day are astronomical.
According to an Associated Press story that ran in 1998, the odds are 1 in 50 million.
It happened July 3 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.
Daneesha Haynes, Ariel Williams and Ashley Haynes had babies in a span of 4½ hours.
"It was a blessing. It's amazing," Daneesha said. "This kind of blew everybody away."
Incredibly, the same doctor, Edroy McMillan, delivered all three babies. He declined comment for this story.
The sisters gathered for an interview with the News Journal at the home of the family matriarch, Deborah Ware, whose number of grandchildren jumped from 11 to 14 in a matter of hours.
While their mothers talked on the front porch during a hot, muggy day, all three babies slept soundly, unaware of their newfound celebrity.
The sisters gave birth naturally, though all three had their labor induced.
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Daneesha was the wild card.
"I was due July 23, but I was high risk," she said. "She (daughter) had to be taken three weeks ahead. They said smaller babies can't handle the birth process as well.
"I was hoping and praying that I didn't have to do the C-section."
Weighing in at 4 pounds, 14 ounces, Emrie Haynes was born at 2:43 p.m. Her mother calls her the runt of the trio, albeit a runt with a set of powerful lungs.
Grandma Ware predicts Emrie will catch up to her cousins very soon.
"She's the smallest, but she's going to pass everybody up," Ware said. "You watch."
A family friend had promised to buy lunch for whichever sister gave birth first. Daneesha had her sights set on a free meal.
"I was kind of getting emotional," she said. "We were in a race. Once we had our water break, I was just trying to be the first."
Daneesha, 25, lamented her last-place finish.
"I didn't win the lunch, and I was the hungriest," she said.
She joked about hospital staff getting the sisters mixed up when they came for their frequent appointments.
In choosing the name Emrie for her daughter, Daneesha said she likes different names and wanted to stand out.
Little Emrie had to undergo a few tests before she was allowed to go home.
Ashley Haynes delivered son Adrion at 11:26 a.m. Among the sisters, they now have nine children. Ashley, 27, has five.
She said Adrion, who was due July 7, is doing "really good." He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and didn't want to wait for his due date.
"I was already 2 centimeters dilated and about to be in labor," Ashley said. "The epidural didn't take."
Williams, 20, was the first sister to deliver her baby. Sincere Young came into the world at 10:10 a.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
"I have a daughter named Serenity, and I wanted a similar name," Williams said of her daughter's unusual moniker.
The sisters, who all graduated from Mansfield Senior, come from a large family of seven children.
Most of the family members had to wait for news of the births. Because of restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, only one support person was allowed to be there. In each case, that was the father.
"I think I was more anxious than they were," auntie Brittany Haynes said.
Daneesha said their other children are already close, and she anticipates more of the same with the new arrivals.
"I'm just really excited to see what the future holds for us," she said.
Ware announced there will be "no extra kids for birthday parties."
The future celebrations will coincide with America's birthday as well.
"I don't know what kind of party we'll have. We'll party for two days straight," Daneesha said.
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