Mother, 35, And Daughter, 17, Give Birth Six Hours Apart

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People are often surprised when I mention I have a nephew just five years younger than me. “Weird!” they’ll say. “How is that even possible?” (It’s possible because my husband is the baby of the family and his eldest sister had her son when my hubs was just a kid.) Anyway, this is nothing compared to Jessica Rotter and Briana Guerrero, a mother-daughter pair in Illinois who gave birth to baby boys just six hours apart in the same hospital. (Could you imagine?!)

Here’s the deal: Jessica is 35 years old and a mother of four. Her eldest child, Briana, is just 17 years old. So clearly they’re both in child-bearing years. On Monday night, doctors induced Briana because her baby was so big (9 lbs., 9 ounces), reports The Chicago Tribune. Jessica was at the hospital to support her daughter and help with the delivery along with the baby’s father, Jose Botello.

Jessica’s own due date was two and a half weeks away, but while coaching her daughter through childbirth she realized she was having contractions of her own. According to the Tribune, she slipped out of the room and alerted doctors, who determined that she was indeed in labor.

Next thing you know, Jessica gave birth to a baby boy, whom she and her husband have yet to name. Six hours later, in an adjoining room, Briana gave birth a baby boy called Ayden. That means that Briana got a son and a baby brother on the same day. And Jessica, of course, gained a grandson and a baby of her own in a mere six hours. (Kind of trippy, no?)

“In 20 years of practicing, I’ve seen a lot,” said Dr. Alex Lipowich, who delivered both babies. “I’ve certainly had mothers and daughters pregnant at the same time or in the same year. But I have never delivered a mother and daughter combination on the same day, and I can’t believe that’s very common.”

I can just imagine these little boys – born on the same day – growing up almost like brothers but having to explain to everyone that they’re actually uncle and nephew. Now that is something you don’t hear too often.



  1. NotThumper

    December 22, 2011 at 11:37 am

    “So clearly they are both in child bearing years”

    That may be so but it doesn’t mean that a 17 year old CHILD should be having one of her own.
    I’m sure there will be a few commenters who were teen mom’s that claim everything worked out fine for them…
    Fine whatever but at 17 you are still a kid and kids shouldn’t be having kids.

    Uncle and nephew born on same day, same year-yes, triply, but also very, very sad.

    • k

      December 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      I agree with you. Actually when I read this I thought, ‘ its a pattern to get knocked up young. how sad”. Having an opinion does not mean that we do not wish the mothers and babies well or hope they thrive and grow in a good environment.

    • Guest

      December 22, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      I agree. I saw the title and assumed this would be a piece on how teen moms are more likely to have kids who become teen moms. Not a “zomg a mom and her daughter had a baby on the same day!!1!” Maybe in 17 more years we can have a grandma, daughter, and granddaughter all pregnant at the same time article that will once again overlook this. And even then I’m sure people will be offended by the very idea of someone pointing out that a 17 year old should be educated enough about sex to avoid being pregnant before she’s legally considered an adult.

  2. Becca

    December 22, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I don’t come to Mommyish to read judgments and condemnations of other people’s parenting choices.

  3. Nessy

    December 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    While a teen pregnancy is never the ideal, let’s just stuff that judgement back in our stockings for a sec and be thankful that not one, but TWO babies were born into what seems to be a loving and supporting environment. Yes, this girl is young, but her son’s father is in the picture, as are her parents. She seems to be in a better position than a lot of young mothers I know, and I am grateful. I wish her and her mother well, and I hope that their babies grow up to be happy, healthy and well-adjusted.

    • Lindsay Cross

      December 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      I completely agree. Having a supportive environment around you is so important and it looks like this young woman is off to a decent start. No matter what, we should all be wishing her and her baby the very best!

    • notThumper

      December 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      I love how neither one of you actually understood what I wrote. I never said anything about her environment. I honestly don’t care how supportive it is. She should have been educated enough to not have a child so young. It’s difficult at any age, I can’t imagine going through it as a teen. Just because you have the support for that situation does not mean you need to utilize it.

  4. Michelle

    December 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    @NotThumper – While I don’t disagree with you that teens having babies isn’t ideal – in that it is unlikely at 17 that she has finished high school, and those carefree days most people get in their early 20s are gone (or minimal) for her (I had a baby at 21, so I know 1st hand that it is difficult to miss the social aspect of being young)…

    As for the comment that she should’ve been educated on how NOT to become pregnant at a young age… sure, but when it comes down to it, let’s do the math – her mom was only 18 when she was born. So, regardless of what words were said to her growing up, learning from example is a huge thing in life.

    Now, all of that said, I personally feel that your judgements and opinions are perhaps a tad strong – as you are judging HER life based on YOUR experiences. Just because YOU couldn’t imagine that life, doesn’t mean it is a bad one or that she isn’t happy. And regardless of age, isn’t happiness what it is all about?

    @Becca – if you don’t come here to read other people’s judgements, then may I suggest you read the articles, but not the comments? It is a parenting website – unfortunately, judgemental people will always be part of the package.

    • NotThumper

      December 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Yes Michelle, clearly this story is an example of mother like daughter. Sad that her daughter didn’t learn anything from her mother in that regard.
      Yes, I am judging her, she should have been smarter than he own mother. Yes, accidents happen but with ALL the ways to prevent pregnancy…they should be fewer and fewer. Something tells me that if daughter tried to prevent, she didn’t try very hard. Perhaps she’s just chosen the wrong role model to emulate.

  5. Rachael

    December 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Think that’s weird? My sisters are 28 and 26 years my senior. My nieces and nephew are 8, 5 and 3 years older and 4 years younger than I am. I have two great-nieces, and I’m only 20.

    • Shawna Cohen

      December 22, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Wow, Rachael, that is so interesting to me! Always love hearing other people’s stories like this – just a reminder that there’s no such thing as a “typical” family.

  6. Dee

    December 23, 2011 at 1:35 am

    well i see they both had children young. the mother is only 35 with a 17 year old daughter. history repeating itself i guess

  7. CW

    December 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Well, my mom and I both had surprise pregnancies at almost the exact same age and in very similar circumstances. My mom was a grad student and my DH was about to start graduate school. Both my mom’s pregnancy and mine were the result of contraceptive failure. So history can have a way of repeating itself even when the daughter is trying to avoid it.

  8. Lauren

    December 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

    How did no one mention Father of the Bride 2 in this? “Mother and daughter are having baby together?!” This is the exact plot of that movie. Except the daughter was in her 20s and married so it was better. And you know, not real life so that helps.

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  10. someguy

    December 26, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I know the husband of the 35 year old mother / grandmother and he was there the entire time. He busts his ass at work and accepts nothing from others. He’s a hard worker, a great dad to their younger son, and married to this woman. He doesn’t agree with the 17 year old having a baby, as most people don’t. She can’t take care of herself let alone a baby. She was warned about pregnancy and ignored everyone. There’s more to the story but most of you hit the nail on the head.

  11. Manny

    October 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    The big question is: “Do the babies have the same father?”

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