The shocker wasn’t the fact that the babies shared one amniotic sac and placenta. That was known for most of the pregnancy, thanks to modern technology used in monitoring fetal development. The shocker was the beautiful way in which Jenna and Jillian entered the world–holding hands.
Hat tip: TheBlaze
“I couldn’t think, I started tearing up immediately,” the father told WEWS-TV. “It was beautiful.”
Sarah Thistlethwaite gave birth to a healthy Jenna and Jillian in an Ohio hospital, after 57 days of bed rest and monitoring at Akron General Medical Center.
The two are monoamniotic twins, meaning they shared the same placenta and amniotic sac during pregnancy.
Medical professionals put the odds of such an occurrence at about one in every 10,000 births.
“I’ve been practicing high-risk obstetrics for about 35 years and I’ve seen less than 10 cases,” Dr. Justin Lavin from Akron General Medical Center told WEWS.
But, what really turned heads, was the way the two held each other’s hand as they entered the world together.
“They’re already best friends,” Thistlethwaite said. “I can’t believe they were holding hands. That’s amazing.”
“Best Mother’s Day present ever,” she added.
Congratulations to the Thistlewaites on the birth of their daughters. Now that the risky pregnancy is over they can focus on double duty diaper changing and wee hour feedings. Before they know it Jenna and Jillian will be teenagers. Been there, done that! Happy parenting.
by T.M. Burroughs
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