When Elyse Scherer and her husband Michael found out they were going to have a baby, there was never any question about who would deliver it and where it would happen.
For nearly 60 years, Scherer’s family has been closely entwined with the Sherwin family, which includes a line of doctors associated with what is now Winthrop-University Hospital.
In 1958, Dr. Andrew Sherwin delivered Elyse’s mother, Kathy Levenson, there. Years later, Andrew Sherwin’s son, Dr. Steven Sherwin, delivered Elyse, now 29, at the same hospital.
The generational ties continued Wednesday evening when Elyse Scherer, now of Manhattan, began to experience contractions. She and her husband rushed to Winthrop, and both Steven Sherwin and his daughter Alyse Sherwin, also an OB/GYN, were on duty. Together the father and daughter delivered baby Benjamin Lev Scherer.
“It’s wonderful to continue this generational linkage,” Scherer said Friday in the hospital’s maternity ward.
“Dr. Sherwin I’ve known almost my entire life,” said Levenson, 58, of Roslyn. “It’s a family thing, it’s wonderful.”
The fact that doctor and patient have similar names is no coincidence. While Alyse Sherwin — the doctor — and Elyse Scherer — the patient — did not know each other growing up, the women said their parents’ close bond led to them having the same name.
When Levenson was pregnant, so was Andrew Sherwin’s wife. They talked baby names, and the Sherwins like Levenson’s choice. Alyse and Elyse were born three weeks apart.
Michael Scherer, 32, said the bond between the families was apparent from the beginning of he and his wife’s relationship. When they were dating, she told him she wanted him to meet her parents, plus her doctor.
“Meeting you was like meeting a parent,” he said to Steven Sherwin on Friday, laughing.
Steven Sherwin said though he began working with his father early in his medical career, he didn’t understand the pride that came from working with a child until recently.
“To see her deliver the baby of a baby I brought into the world, it’s really special,” Sherwin said of his daughter.
Alyse Sherwin said she’s been in delivery with her father a few times since she finished her residency at the hospital in 2012, but this delivery will always stand out to her.
“It’s not the first delivery we have done together, but it is one of the most special,” she said.