Kristina McIntosh was a new mother, happily swaddling her newborn bundle of joy with family and friends standing around her. But it wasn’t without a few complications that necessitated an emergency cesarean birth.
“My contractions were so bad that she was just constantly quivering, so they had to do an emergency C-section,” McIntosh said to KETV in October 2017.
The doctor told the couple the birth went smoothly, but then he received unexpected news.
McIntosh’s due date was August 16, the same day as her birthday. But her C-section was performed on August 12, by Dr. Jorge Sotolongo in Omaha, Nebraska.
McIntosh should know Sotolongo well considering he is the doctor that brought her into the world at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1996.
“It was weird because I had never met him in my life, but my mom’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I know him, he’s great,'” McIntosh said.
Sotolongo has been a practicing OB/GYN for 35 years, and he estimates he’s delivered more than 9,000 babies in that time, according to the Omaha World-Herald. But he admitted his experience with McIntosh and the baby’s father, Kyle Smith, was a first.
Sotolongo had delivered Smith in 1994 as well.
“He comes over, ‘Everything went great,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, it was probably the same situation when you delivered me,'” Smith said to KETV.
“And he had kind of a puzzled look, and that’s when I told him, ‘yeah, he had delivered me.’ He was kind of shocked.”
Sotolongo said he’d never experienced something like it before– delivering mother, father, and baby.
“I was surprised,” said Sotolongo said to KETV. “I was very surprised. I realized I’ve been doing this for a while.”
Smith had only recently realized the connection himself. While filling out a job application, he looked over his birth certificate and saw the name of the doctor who’d delivered him.
“It was cool in my mind to have all three of us delivered by the same doctor,” Smith said.
All three got a laugh out of the unlikely bond.
While baby Hunter-Rose may be too young to appreciate the coincidence for a number of years, her mother and father marvel at its unlikeliness.
While Hunter-Rose was born at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha, her parents were born at Mercy hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
“It’s a really cool experience to be able to say that,” said McIntosh.
Dr. Sotolongo got a kick out of it as well, and quipped that he may one day deliver Hunter-Rose’s baby. The experience has been encouraging for him, and he said it’s part of the reason he loves his job.
“It reinforces what I like about what I do,” Sotolongo said to the Omaha World-Herald. “Helping people.”