Hospital privacy laws almost kept the drama from playing out. But a nurse asked Carolyn Kidd her baby’s name and said a Juliette was born earlier that day. She just couldn’t tell them which room Juliette’s parents were in.
“I was completely shocked by it,” Marie Crouch said, adding that she’d heard about the babies born on March 19 in a Hardeeville, South Carolina, hospital. Baby Juliet in South Carolina is spelled as Shakespeare wrote the name. “I had no clue the same thing was going to happen to us,” Marie Crouch said.
In spite of the hospital rules, the two central Florida families began searching for each other.
“I was going to walk down the hallway and say ‘Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?” Justin Crouch, Juliette’s father, said.
The nurses were overjoyed when Romeo’s family met Juliette’s family.
Lots of pictures were snapped and later in the day hospital officials dressed Romeo in a tuxedo and Juliette in a dress for more pictures.
The couples promised to meet next year to celebrate their babies’ first birthdays.
It turns out the families have lots in common. Marie Crouch and Carolyn Kidd are both 32 years old, and they both have two-year-old daughters. The families live near each other as well.
“The kids may end up all going to the same schools one day,” said Justin Crouch, 30.
They exchanged contact information, unlike in Romeo & Juliet, where the families were mortal enemies.
“It was a cool coincidence,” said Romeo’s father, Dana Kidd, 35.