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Sister Who Went To Coach Pregnant Sister Gives Birth Herself

November 2, 1986

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) _ A woman whose baby was more than a week overdue went to the hospital to help her pregnant sister through labor and ended up giving birth herself just 7 1/2 hours later, officials said.

″I think it’s great,″ said Denise Tomaszewski, who gave birth to twins. ″We kept joking about it. ... It turned out just the way a lot of people thought it would.″

Spokeswoman Mary Jane Watt of Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Walnut Creek said Tomaszewski, 30, entered the facility on Friday. She was due to give birth Nov. 18.

Watt said Tomaszewski delivered 5.2-pound Sonia at 9:55 p.m. Friday, and 6.1-pound Samantha one hour later.

While Tomaszewksi was in labor, her sister, 33-year-old Debbie Wall, went to the hospital to help her. Wall was more than a week overdue, since she was supposed to deliver her child Oct. 23.

″She went in to comfort her sister and she started feeling a little funny,″ Watt said. ″We took a quick look at her and put her in the room right next door.″

Wall gave birth to 9.7-pound Ryan Michael at 6:33 a.m. Saturday, Watt said.

″They’re all in the same hospital room. All the little cousins are getting to know each other,″ Watt said.

Both mothers and children are doing well, Watt said.

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