Three military wives whose husbands work at the same base share a special bond after they consecutively gave birth to their children.
Shana Hoffman, Stephanie Franklin, and Ciara Lyster met after moving to Omaha to support their husbands' jobs in the military. All men work at the Offutt Air Force Base, and all three women, who were also soon-to-be-mothers at the time, joined a support group with other military wives.
3 News Now was able to sit with the three women and their husbands, who shared about their pregnancy journey and even their experiences giving birth consecutively.
Hoffman, one of the new mothers, said that the support group has been a family for all of them, and expanding it has been a treat.
"Most of the folks in our group are gonna be moving next summer so just to kind of create a family within a family, and then expand your family, is beautiful."
Now, the women have an even closer connection as their babies were born just days apart.
Shana was the first to give birth to 8-pound Dalton Hoffman during Labor Day, and according to her, the pregnant wives would joke about giving birth all at the same time, but they didn't think it would actually happen.
The next day, Franklin delivered a 6-pound baby girl named Natalia, and the mothers were even placed in rooms right next to each other at the hospital. On the same week, Lyster gave birth to her daughter Sadie.
"We were all in the same hallway too so we kind of heard each other."
Ciara's husband Charles Lyster said that it was "kind of cool" that they all gave birth consecutively.
"It's pretty ironic that all three of them were supposed to go in at the same time, I know everyone had due dates kind of separate not too far apart, but not on the same day, but it's still kind of cool within three days we had different babies."
The mothers are extremely happy that they gave birth almost at the same time, and they're definitely excited for the lifetime bond that they've built, regardless of where the military takes their families.
"We're gonna definitely get together and have some playdates and get together and just support each other."
Congratulations to the three new moms and dads!