Dads Who Delivered
On the Double
Bradyn and Korey Janke have a hard time convincing people they're twins.
They don't look alike (Bradyn is 100 pounds slimmer), and they don't act alike
("Bradyn always has to do something, and I'm more chill," says Korey).
And until last year, the brothers never had any of those eerie "twin"
That all changed when the 25yearold fraternal twins from the Salt Lake City
area found out that their wives were pregnant within weeks of each other.
Bradyn's wife, Dina, was due three weeks after Korey's wife, Andrea. "I
wanted to deliver right on time, so I could be there for Dina when she gave
birth," says Andrea, 25.
But the timing didn't work out that way. When Dina, 20, was 30 weeks
pregnant and on vacation with Bradyn in San Diego, she started having
contractions. On doctor's orders, the couple drove home immediately. It was a
long, 13hour ride: "I kept thinking, We just have to make it a few more
hours," says Bradyn, a banker.
Back home, Dina saw the doctor right away. Although she wasn't ready to
deliver, she was two centimeters dilated, so the physician put her on bed rest.
For the next month, she didn't leave her house except for weekly doctor visits.
On June 29, 2006, at 35 weeks and five centimeters dilated, Dina was finally
ready. Hospital checkin time: 10 a.m.
That same day, Andrea and Korey saw her obstetrician for a routine checkup.
It was three weeks prior to Andrea's due date, so she expected to be in and out
of the office quickly. But her fluid was so dangerously low, the doctor wanted
to induce labor — soon. "It was scary, but also exciting," says Korey,
who's going to school to be a software developer.
A hospital bed wasn't available, so the couple drove home to pick up
slippers, pillows, and baby gear. After dinner, they checked into the hospital.
Time: 10 p.m.
Korey was still at the hospital the next morning when he got a call from
Bradyn, who was watching his son's head begin to crown. Korey peppered his
brother with questions: "What's it like? Is it weird? Is it spectacular?
What, what, what?" Bradyn's response: "It's amazing. I don't know how
else to explain it." His son, Riley, was born at 4:48 a.m.
Later that day, nurses suddenly swarmed around Andrea. The baby's heartbeat
had become severely irregular, and an emergency Csection would be needed.
"I tried to be strong, but I started to cry," says Korey. "They
told me I couldn't go in, so it was even worse. But the next thing I knew, they
were walking out with a little bundle and there was my son. I started crying
again." Tavren was born at 4:49 p.m.