Doctor delivers mother then son 22 years later

Ashley Black and her son Riley
Ashley Black and her son Riley

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Ashley Black was not expected to see her first birthday, much less have a child of her own.

"It's pretty amazing," she said.

The 22-year-old is thankful for both milestones because of Dr. Myles Davis

"Not many people get this opportunity to meet the doctor that delivered them and then have the chance to deliver their baby, too," said Black. "It's kind of cool."

Ashley was born premature. Dr. Davis delivered her after a little over five months gestation.

She weighed one pound according to her mother, Tammy.

"It was a trying time," said Tammy Willoughby."But she made it. She's a fighter."

Ashley and Dr. Davis hadn't met again until this spring, when Ashley found out she was pregnant.

She went to visit a private practice at Palmetto Baptist Hospital.  Her normal doctor wasn't in. But Dr. Davis was available.

When he saw her name and medical information, he started asking questions.

"When were you born? She said 'Richland Memorial.' I said 'What's your mother's name?' She said 'Willoughby' and that's when I said "I delivered you."

It was a reunion Ashley dreamed would happen one day.

"To show him that I'm still here," she said.

They stayed in touch. Dr. Davis kept tabs on her pregnancy each month.

Earlier this month, at full-term, Davis delivered Ashley's nine-pound son, Riley.

"I think he's an absolute blessing," she said. "I couldn't be happier with him."

And she's appreciative for the doctor who welcomed them both into the world.

"It makes what I do worthwhile. Very glad I could share this with Tammy, Ashley and Riley."

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