OGDEN -- Two cousins were born on the same day in the same hospital, just hours apart.
Not enough of a coincidence? How about this? The two were given the same name.
Scarlett Hatch and ... Scarlett Hatch were both born Tuesday at Ogden Regional Medical Center. Each set of parents knew the other was expecting but didn't know when. They also had no idea they both picked the same name for their baby.
"Someone from the nursery came in and told us there was another Scarlett Hatch born just down the hall," said Heidi Hatch, mother of the Scarlett born at 10:32 a.m. and weighing in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces.
"We thought that was pretty funny, but we didn't think anything of it."
That is, until the wrong meal was taken to Heidi's room that evening.
"The guy walked in with dinner and said, 'Alicia Hatch?' I said, 'No.' When he walked out the door, we sat there and then said, 'Wait a second. Alicia Hatch?' "
Alicia Hatch, mother of the Scarlett born at 7:15 a.m. -- who weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces -- had a similar experience.
"We were debating on a name, and the nurse came in and told us that there was another Scarlett Hatch that had been born a few hours after our baby," she said. "We said, 'You've got to be kidding.' We asked the nurse if they were from around here, not even thinking they could be a stinkin' relative."
After a few phone calls, it was discovered that the baby girls were indeed second cousins. Their fathers, Dr. Burke Hatch and Kevin Hatch, are first cousins.
"Their dads are brothers," Heidi said. "This is so funny. We all live in Layton too."
Each couple knew the other couple was expecting, but they weren't certain of due dates.
"I found out at our family Christmas party," Alicia said. "But then I just totally put it out of my mind. I didn't know for sure when she was due."
The parents aren't too concerned about the babies being mixed up, either. For one thing, Alicia said all of her four babies have been big.
"If it's a teeny baby, it's not mine. Mine are all tanks," she said.
Kelly Huffstutler-Petty, director of the medical center's family birth place, said particular care is taken to ensure there is no identity mixup with newborns.
Huffstutler-Petty said every baby at the hospital wears two indentifying tags with bar coding that contains the child's unique information. The bar code is scanned when medical procedures are performed and when a baby is returned to the mother's room.
"For further protection, whenever we have babies that have the same, or even similar names, a special name alert card is placed on their cribs describing the situation, and all nurses are briefed about the babies and their names during shift-change meetings," Huffstutler-Petty said.
Both babies are healthy and ready to go home. Alicia left the hospital Thursday. Heidi, who has five children, will leave in a few more days.
"Our kids get along great when we get together for family parties," said Alicia. "We'll have to get our Scarlett's together to play with each other too. I think that would be a lot of fun."