It's a full house at St. Joseph Hospital for Mother's Day
ORANGE – The journey to Mother’s Day was a tough one for Natalie
Lakey and Kristen Skinner, but the gift of twins on Thursday makes for
double the joy.
The Lakewood married couple went through several in-vitro fertilization
treatments, and after a miscarriage and embryos that failed to develop,
they were finally successful on the fourth try. Lakey gave birth to boy
Barrett and girl Charlie at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange.
“If you’re going to have two moms, you might as well have two
kids on your Mother’s Day,” Skinner said.
On Friday morning, St. Joseph had 33 women in its Mother-Baby Unit, with
nine in labor and more expected to check in for the weekend – a
particularly full house just in time for Mother’s Day.
“I think it’s a wonderful gift to be able to hold your baby
in your arms on Mother’s Day,” Judi Singer, a unit secretary
nurse’s aide, said.
With a busy weekend ahead of them, Singer said the staff reminds themselves
of the role they get to play in these families’ lives.
“It’s not just like somebody is throwing another stack of papers
on your desk,” she said. “This is a new life and this is a
great time to be involved.”
For Lily Kirkland of Anaheim, having a baby to hold on to for the holiday
was a surprise.
“Our plans changed a little bit,” Kirkland said of Parker,
who was born three weeks early. “We were going to go out and whatnot,
but now we’ll be home.”
The baby boy born Thursday is the first child for Kirkland and her husband, Ryan.
“We were just talking about how he was going to be a dad for Father’s
Day,” Lily Kirkland said, “and I was sort of jealous.”