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Mom gives birth on New Year's Day again

Jan. 2, 2012 at 2:20 PM   |   Comments

MEDICINE HAT, Alberta, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A Canadian woman gave birth for the second New Year's Day in a row, officials say.

Grace Olivia Ketcheson was born at the Medicine Hat, Alberta, hospital at 12:46 a.m. Sunday, exactly 365 days and 4 minutes after her brother Jack was born at a Regina hospital, the Medicine Hat News reported. The daughter of Bobbi Joe and Kurtis Ketcheson weighed in at 4 1/2 pounds and she's 16 inches long, the newspaper said.

Because Grace was having trouble arriving, doctors were just about to perform a Caesarean section. But when a doctor went to grab a pen for her to sign a consent form, Bobbi Jo decided that wouldn't be necessary.

"That's when I just said screw it, I don't have time for a C-section," she said. "Somebody lift up the blanket and catch. She was born right there on the operating table."

The Ketchesons now have four children under the age of 4, the News said.

All four of her pregnancies apparently came despite some form of birth control, the newspaper said.

"We're like the two most fertile people in Canada," the mother joked. "It's like we don't even have to be in the same city."

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