Twin sisters were born already best friends in Ohio on Friday, as they were delivered holding hands. The twins, named Jillian and Jenna Thistlethwaite, had a rare monoamniotic birth, where the babies shared an amniotic sac and placenta.
Also called “mono mono” identical twins, the girls were in constant contact during the entire gestation period—plenty of time to develop sisterly love as they themselves developed.
Monoamniotic births occur in one in 10,00 pregnancies. Because the umbilical cords place can become entangled around the babies, mother Sarah Thistlethwaite was under doctor’s watchful eyes at Akron General Medical Center in Akron for weeks prior to the birth.
“I can’t believe they were holding hands,” she told the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper. “They’re already best friends,” the 32-year-old mom also said.
After a planned Caesarian section to reduce risk of entanglement, the twins were born healthy at 33 weeks, but were moved to the neonatal unit because of slight breathing problems.
Thistlethwaite was able to celebrate Mother’s Day yesterday (along with her husband Bill) by introducing the new additions to 15-month-old son. These twins show that no bond is stronger than family.