Having twins can be one of the most exciting experiences anyone can go through, but it can also be extremely nerve-wracking. A lot of the time, there are serious complications with either the babies or mom, due to how hard the pregnancy is on the body.
One mom got the surprise of her life when it was time to give birth to her twins and even the doctors were in awe.
Did you know that 10-15% of pregnancies are estimated to start off with twins but end up with only one baby? It’s called the “vanishing twin” syndrome and many times expecting mothers never find out. It’s also more common for women who are pregnant with twins to need extra care and observation, as many things can go wrong.
Sarah Thistlethwaite is a math teacher from Ohio who decided it was time to start a family with her husband. The two were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their tiny babies but knew the journey was going to be full of ups and downs. When they found out they were having identical twins, they had tons of questions.
It turned out, the couple was having a rather rare set of twins. They were having identical twins that were considered monoamniotic twins, meaning they shared the same amniotic sac within the mother’s womb. It was a 1 in 10,000 chance that they would have babies like this, so right off the bat, they knew they were special.
However, they didn’t expect the delivery to be as unique as the pregnancy…
Sarah had to spend nearly two months in the hospital due to her rare pregnancy. Everyone involved was so interested in the rare situation, that she began to feel like a spectacle. Little did she know, that feeling was about to get a lot more intense.
The couple knew fairly early that Sarah was going to have to have a C-section, as the babies were situated so close to each other. The doctors reassured her that this was a routine procedure and everything was going to go according to plan. The only problem was when the doctors gasped in shock, it was obvious they had never seen this before.
Sarah couldn’t see what was going on, as there was a screen covering up what the doctors were doing. All she wanted to hear was her baby’s cries, as it would indicate normal breathing and a successful birth. Yet all she heard was the shock in everyone’s voice as they pulled the babies from the womb.
Doctors couldn’t separate the babies to pull them out one by one, so they had to take them out together, in one intertwined lump. They weren’t sure if the babies were okay at first, but when they looked closer, that’s when they realized what was really going on. After everyone gasped, the room fell silent.
Her heart beating a million miles a minute, Sarah demanded to see her babies. When the doctor lifted them up to show her, everyone because giggling and rubbing their eyes as if they couldn’t believe what they were witnessing. The bond these two have was so obvious from the start.
The babies entered this world holding hands! When doctors realized the little ones were grasping each other’s tiny hands, their hearts warmed with joy. Everyone began crying as the site was so touching they couldn’t hold back their tears.
Not only was her pregnancy rare, but the birth was one in a million.
Luckily, there were people stationed in the delivery room to take photos of the memorable moment, which is how we have such amazing pictures of their first few moments. When the Internet got ahold of this touching story, everyone went nuts and wanted to know more.
So where are these two cuties now?
The couple’s story has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world, as just about everyone has fallen in love with their babies and their bond. The ordinary Ohio couple told interviewers that the amount of attention they received was insane and that everything about the experience has been joyful.
So who are these little bundles of joy?
Although the pregnancy was a little scary due to their unique situation, both babies came out healthy, with all their fingers and toes. The two share a special bond that was obvious from the very beginning, and as they grow they just get closer.
The couple decided to name the babies Jenna and Julian.
Apparently, the girls love doing everything together, including wearing matching clothes. Often times, the couple even has trouble separating them,“Sometimes if my husband goes to the store, he’ll take one twin and I’ll keep the other. When that happens, they both get really upset and ask for each other. They’re definitely really close. They’re like two peas in a pod.”
Although they can be a handful at times, their parents are loving every step of raising twins, handling anything life tries to throw at them. The twins also love hassling their older brother, and we can’t wait to catch up with them in the future!