NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In the middle of a health crisis comes a feel-good story from Saint Peter's University Hospital: Two sisters recently gave birth seven hours apart.
Kerry Foote gave birth to Leah on April 2. Later that day, Katelyn Scott gave birth to Lilly.
Because of social distancing measures enacted to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the sisters - and cousins - were not allowed to see each other. From adjacent rooms, they used video streaming technology and other means to "visit" each other.
"Giving birth within 24 hours of my sister in the same hospital has been super fun," Foote said. "Even though we can’t see each other, we’re next door to each other and we’re tapping on the walls and Face Timing each other."
"All the nurses have been so positive," Scott said. "One of the nurses even came back at the end of her shift to makes sure we were OK. (We) just feel very well taken care of. We’ll be happy to be going home, but we feel very comfortable while we’re here."
Saint Peter's delivers more babies than any other facility in central New Jersey. The hospital provides an extra measure of comfort and security for expectant parents because of its renowned Regional Perinatal Center with an experienced maternal-fetal medicine team and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Saint Peter's became a designated Level III Perinatal Center in 1973 and the region's first state-designated Regional Perinatal Center in 1992. There are more than 500 low-birth-weight babies delivered at Saint Peter's University Hospital each year and more than 2,200 high-risk OB clinic visits per year.
In November 2019, Saint Peter’s opened the Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center for women seeking a natural, physiological birth with all the medical benefits of an esteemed hospital just an elevator ride away.
Named to honor the memory of a benefactor, longtime area resident and parishioner of St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish in New Brunswick, the center is New Jersey’s first birth center found on the grounds of a hospital.