Spotlight on sisters Samantha, Savannah

It is safe to say the odds are not in favor of the following scenario playing out: Two sisters giving birth at the same hospital - 20 minutes apart. Yet, that is what happened Thursday at Fisher-Titus Medical Center to Shiloh siblings Samantha and Savannah Mullins.
Aaron Krause
Jul 25, 2010

It is safe to say the odds are not in favor of the following scenario playing out: Two sisters giving birth at the same hospital — 20 minutes apart.

Yet, that is what happened Thursday at Fisher-Titus Medical Center to Shiloh siblings Samantha and Savannah Mullins.

Samantha, 21, gave birth to Kieran Barnett at 1:42 p.m. Thursday, with Kieran weighing 8 pounds 11 ounces, and 201⁄2 inches in length. Samantha was eight days overdue.

Savannah, 19, gave birth to Kyah Chandler, at 2:02 p.m. Thursday, six days early. Kyah weighed 7pounds, 10 ounces and 21 inches long.

It is the first child for both women.

Samantha said she is happy the scenario worked out as it did, as is Gerald Chandler, proud father of Kyah.

“It was awesome,” he said. “You can’t really explain it.”

Chandler, Savannah’s fiancé, has a 21⁄2-year-old daughter, Emma, from a previous relationship.

Kieran is the first child for both Samantha and her boyfriend, Randy Barnett.        

The two siblings found out they were pregnant within a week of each other, and went to the hospital about the same time.

Savannah went to Fisher-Titus at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, after having contractions throughout the night. In fact, Savannah said her sister was with her at home, counting the contractions before Savannah went to the hospital.

Samantha began having contractions when Savannah went to the hospital, and she followed her sister to Fisher-Titus Medical Center about four hours later.

Both women said their deliveries went smoothly and they gave birth to healthy babies.

Norwalk Dr. James Kasten delivered both babies, while the same physician, Dr. Stephen Clingman, will care for the newborns. 

“They’re beautiful,” Samantha said.

Both sisters said they’re glad they’re new mothers at the same time.

“Luckily, we don’t have to do it alone,” Samantha said.

Comments

i think.. (Anon...

it would benefit people more to have true paternity established. there's been more than one man think he's paying for his kid only to find out down the road, that he wasn't the father after all. happens more all the time.

Please Lord (An...

Let me never be in the Norwalk Reflector, for a story that is either bad or good. I would hate to save the elderly from a fire at a local nursing home, just to read the story here online about my heroism. Any local crackpot hillbilly with WebTV can get on here and take anonymous shots at me.

Please please Lord, just keep me anonymous and out of the Reflector. I'll give an extra quarter in church.

Amen.

perspective (An...

Reader wrote on Aug 15, 2007 4:53 PM:" Newsflash may have misunderstood my post. Because he is a responsible father and husband....." Are responsible father and husband, mutually exclusive?

and so (Anonymous)

they both spread eagle and got knocked up. so? why put it on the front page.Is it true that both of them has the same daddy?

Julie S. (Anonymous)

I would just like to say that I really don't think this is setting a good example for the teenagers/children in our community. It's like were telling them it's a good thing to have children at a young age before being married. By putting this on the front page children might think they will make it on the front page if they do the same thing. I discussed this article with my teenage daughter after she read the paper, thank goodness she has been raised in a good home and understands that pre-marital sex is wrong and really isn't something to be proud of. I can only hope that more parents are talking to their children as well and encouraging them to stay in school and think before making a big decision like having sex. Yes the babies are a blessing, they just shouldn't be displayed on the front page when two teenaged girls are the parents. As I said before it's just not a good example for our children!

to all that liv...

I personally know these girls. They do work and so do thier babies fathers. They are not sluts by no means. They are of age and will take care of these babies. They are taking responsibulity for them obviously they give birth to them they didn't abort them or give them away for someone else to deal with them. I pray that you have children and that they don't ever get pregnant out of wedlock because the way you have talked about these girls will come back to haunt you. That or you will turn your back on your own children when they need you most. Maybe you should stop and think about this before you go and say someone is just a slut because they had a baby without being married when you don't even know them or the way they live their lives. People should be ashamed to even talk or think like that.

a thought (Anon...

in the future people will refuse to offer interviews because they get tortured in this cowardly puke. Soon you won't have anyone to do stories on. do society a favor and get rid of this mess. you lofty idea of having an online forum for intelligent conversation and debate is really not realistic.

see (Anonymous)

why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free. Only a baby isn't free, is it?? " Think about it" had the right idea.

Re: See (Anonymous)

Women aren't "cows" to be "bought", and their value isn't between their legs; it's between their ears. Welcome to the 21st century.

if (Anonymous)

they were using what is between their ears. They wouldn't have gotten knocked up. And that goes for the baby daddys as well.

Re: "If" (Anonymous)

If you were using what's between your ears, you'd think that maybe these ladies and gentlemen wanted to have children. Isn't it amazing that when unmarried women have children people feel free to make all kinds of wild assumptions and slander their character? Norwalk is stuck in Mayberry.

I can't help bu...

if the NR would have printed the same if one of the girls were 16 or 17. I'd be curios to see and update in a year or two.

Re: re; if (Ano...

People were nice in Mayberry.
The people posting mean things to these girls are not nice like Andy and Aunt Bea.

Perspective (An...

Statistics show teenage mothers comprise a very small part of the welfare population. And contrary to popular belief, teenage pregnancy has declined in the last several decades. Many are surprised to learn that the height of teenage pregnancy in the U.S. actually occurred in the 1950s - a decade known for its supposed conservative social values. Mayberry, U.S.A.

Unbelievable (A...

I cannot believe how people can twist something around so much, that the true meaning of the article is totally lost. What are the chances that these sisters would have given birth on the same day?? That is what is so interesting about this article. Yes, they are young and unmarried. Life happens. I myself am an unwed (and never been married) mother of 3 beautiful children. To top that off, my first child is from a previous relationship. Life happens. Did I purposefully get pregnant?? No, but as one person said, birth control does not always work. I could have given them up or killed them, but I didn't. Do I want to get married?? Of course, but life happens and marriage is not always the priority. I have worked hard to be a person who does not have to rely on the government. I have raised 3 kids (with their father), gotten an education and yes, I have received government assistance in the past. Everyone, at one time or another, will need to receive government assistance. That is what it is there for. Unemployment and disability are here to help people maintain their lives. I wish these girls all the luck in the world. It is very difficult to raise kids. Just make sure they know how much you love them and make them proud of you. That's important too.

Perspectives St...

NCHS stats for teen pregnancies are not the only source. Most of my exposure to these trends comes from a historical or social research perspective. I know of very little scholarship or research that debates live births to teenage mothers peaked in the 1950's and has been in "steady" decline ever since. That it reversed this trend,( an abberation) and climbed again, peaking in 1991, at which time it resumed its decline ....may in fact be true. But, you will not be able to demonstrate that 1991's peak came anywhere close to the rates in the 1950's. One such abstract, which ties into your welfare presumptions, is linked below:
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/t...

RE: Perspective...

Although teenage mothers comprise a small part of welfare population I guarantee a large % of teenage mothers are on welfare. Where did you get your stats on teenage pregnancy? According to the National Center for Health Statistics "the teen pregnancy rate had risen from the mid-1980's and reached a peak in 1991; the 1997 rate is actually 10 percent lower than the 1986 rate when the upturn began."Also,"The teen pregnancy rate fell 19 percent from its all-time high in 1991 to reach a record low of 94.3 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15-19 years in 1997." It also states the first year national stats were available was 1976.

george flowers ...

wwII, this weekend, just a reminder

What is wrong w...

Where on earth did this article ever say that either of these girls are receiving gov't assistance? They are both over 18, women have children everyday. 19 and 21! You people should be ashamed of yourselves, my mother had me at 17 and raised me as a single parent, never ever received gov't assistance, and actually purchased her first home alone at age 22. I wish the best to both of these girls! The purpose of the story should have been about how amazing it is that they had their children so close, what are the odds.

re: What is wro...

I couldn't agree more. And I do believe that was the reporters intent. Nothing more, nothing less.

Re:Perspective ...

Auote from your link which is relevant here-"Unmarried childbearing. Even though teen childbearing overall has declined steeply over the last half-century, the proportion of all teen births that are nonmarital has increased equally dramatically, from 13% in 1950 to 79% in 2000 (see chart). Two factors are at play. The first is that marriage in the teen years, which was not uncommon in the 1950s, has by now become quite rare. (By the mid-1990s, the typical age of first marriage in the United States had risen to just over 25 for women and 27 for men.) The second is that this trend has extended to pregnant teens as well: In contrast to the days of the "shotgun marriage," very few teens who become pregnant nowadays marry before their baby is born."

Re:What is wron...

Yeah,right,sure she did. Who's your mom,Madonna or Murphy Brown?

Perspective (An...

Your quoted statistics point to theme of my original post. It is relevant to a discussion about the dynamic transformations in family roles. But, it dosen't say anything about your presumed percentage of unmarried, teen aged mothers on welfare you support, and, the socially deviant behavior you enable, with your tax dollars. I think you'll be suprised when you find that percentage. I'm going to join in with the "whats wrong with you people" commentary, and leave it at that.

Re: Perspective...

According to the Congressional Budget Office:" The figures are even more startling for out-of-wedlock births: 50 percent of unwed teen mothers were on welfare within one year, 77 percent within five years." University of Matyland-School of Public Policy

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