Sitting in her hospital room Wednesday, Ashton Kettering was inundated with people pointing out that her daughter, Orra, was born on 12-12-12.

Even more, in the log at Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, the time of birth is 12:12 a.m.

Kettering, 23, of Davenport said the date and time of her daughter’s birth is irrelevant.

“The fact that I had my baby in my living room with my boyfriend delivering our child is what’s important,” Kettering said.

Kettering’s boyfriend, Ben Smith, 32, had no choice but to help bring his daughter into the world.

Kettering said she had been experiencing labor pains for the past week. Since she has two other children, Aleea, 5, and Able, 1, she knew what was going on.

Tuesday night was no different.

By 9 p.m., her labor had intensified. By 11:30 p.m., she knew things were past the point of no return.

“I told Ben, ‘You need to call your mom,’ ” she said. “Right when he called his mom, my water broke.”

Smith ran to get a neighbor to take them to the hospital. Orra wasn’t waiting, though. So, he called 911 and told the operator the baby was on the way.

“He asked them, ‘What do I do? How do I help her?’” Kettering said. “They walked him through it all.”

By the time the medics arrived, Orra was warmly wrapped in a towel, placed on top of her mother.

“I did nothing special,” Smith said. “I just did what I had to do for my kid and my girlfriend.”

Wednesday turned out to be a big day for 12-12-12 babies.

By about 4 p.m., Genesis spokesman Craig Cooper said, six deliveries had taken place at Genesis East, with three more at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis.

Trinity Medical Center reported 13 births between its Moline, Bettendorf and Muscatine facilities by 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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pta mom

Three children by age 23?

Common Sense 50
Common Sense 50

coffee cup, before you judge consider the fact that he is at least supporting his family...Good Job Dad, congrats!!!

coffee cup
coffee cup

Does anybody bother to get married before they have kids any more?

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