When one woman fell pregnant with her second child, her mother had a mysterious prediction about the birth. At first, no one took her prophecy seriously. But when the baby arrived five weeks early, his family were forced to take heed.
Clara Gregory originally hails from South Carolina. However, she later moved to New Jersey to start a new life. It was there that the she welcomed her daughter, Theresa, at Saint Francis Medical Center in the city of Trenton.
When Gregory was pregnant, her doctors told her that Theresa was due on Thanksgiving. “My doctor kept saying that it was good the baby was going to be born on Thanksgiving,” she told NJ.com in November 2017. “I wouldn’t need to do any cooking.”
However, while the thought of a chilled-out Thanksgiving no doubt appealed to Gregory, she wasn’t buying her doctor’s estimations. She had her own idea about when her daughter would arrive. And it just so happened to be a date very close to her heart.
“I just had this feeling she was going to come on my birthday,” Gregory revealed. The expectant mom was born on November 19. So, for her daughter to arrive on the same day she’d have to be born slightly early. And sure enough, she was.
Remarkably, Gregory’s hunch paid off. Theresa arrived on November 19, 1986. This, of course, meant she would share a birthday with her mother for the rest of her life. It was a coincidence that, over the years, would grow to mean a lot to the family.
Theresa grew up and eventually met her husband, Anthony Dunn. In 2015, the couple started their own family, welcoming a son named Mason into the fold. Then, at the beginning of 2017, Theresa Dunn discovered she was pregnant once more.
Doctors said that the baby, another boy, was due on Christmas Day. Therefore, he could have been the best Christmas present his parents had ever wished for. But once again, Gregory’s instincts kicked in.
“I don’t know why, but I kept saying to my daughter that the baby was going to come on our birthday,” Gregory revealed. However, as before, for that to happen the baby would have to be early. In fact, this time he would need to arrive over a month ahead of schedule.
At the start of her pregnancy it seemed unlikely that Dunn would deliver so prematurely. But doctors later diagnosed her with preeclampsia. The condition causes high blood pressure during pregnancy. As a result, doctors sometimes induce women with the condition early, just to be safe.
As the months passed, Dunn’s condition worsened. Eventually, doctors classified her pregnancy as high-risk. All of a sudden, it was looking more and more likely that she would have to give birth before her December 25 due date.
Of course, none of this came as a surprise to Gregory, who was still confident about her prediction. “When my condition started getting worse, my mom was like, ‘I think he is going to be born on your birthday,’” Dunn told Inside Edition in November 2017.
At 34 weeks into her pregnancy, doctors brought Dunn into the hospital for monitoring. She arrived on November 16 – three days before her birthday. And after a few hours, her medical team decided to induce her labor.
Once and for all, Gregory’s dream of sharing her birthday with her daughter and grandchild looked lost forever. Dunn assumed that her labor would progress nicely and that she’d welcome her child within 24 hours. However, fate had other ideas.
Dunn’s grueling labor spanned three days. When her baby did not arrive on November 16, 17 or 18, she finally believed that her mom’s prediction could come true. “My husband kept saying, ‘He’s going to be born on your birthday,’” she told NJ.com. “And I finally came to the realization Saturday night that he really could be born on our birthday.”
In the end, Dunn gave birth to her son, Micah, via an emergency C-section. He arrived in the world on November 19 – just like his mom and grandmother before him. Now, three generations of the same family shared a birthday.
Grandma Gregory couldn’t have been happier that her hunch came true. “It hit me that my mom was right,” Dunn told Inside Edition. “I thought she was going to be surprised, but she just kept saying, ‘I told you.’”
While Gregory remained blasé about the birthday coincidence, Dunn was shocked. “We always joked for many years before I got pregnant and my mom said, ‘If you have a child, it will be born on your birthday,’” she said.
Little Micah weighed just four pounds two ounces at birth and measured a tiny 18 inches. Despite the fact he came five weeks early, he was perfectly healthy. According to his proud mom, he was “doing amazing.”
Given that he was a brand new baby, Micah was too young to celebrate his mom’s 31st birthday and his grandmother’s 67th the day he was born. However, there’ll no doubt be some big celebrations in the years to come. “We’ll obviously cherish this for the rest of our lives,” Gregory admitted.