Rare Set of Twins Born Holding Hands in Most Adorable Birth Scene Ever
byKaitlin StanfordMay 12, 2014
When you spend nine months cooped up in a womb with someone, the prospect of finally entering the great unknown (aka the cold, harsh world outside of mom's belly) can be a scary one. So you're really better off making your grand exit together. Preferably hand-in-hand, as partners in crime.
Jenna and Jillian Thistlewhistle—say that three times fast—were already making headlines for being born under extremely rare circumstances. They are known as "mono mono" identical twins, which means they shared an amniotic sac and remained in almost constant contact throughout their mom's pregnancy. And just to put that into perspective, this particular type of twin-dom only affects around .3 percent of twin pregnancies, making Jenna and Jillian's living situation more than a little unique.
But as for their awesomely beautiful hand-in-hand exit from mom's womb? Well that was pretty unexpected.
As their mom Sarah later told ABC News, "I didn’t think they would come out and instantly [be] holding hands. It was overwhelming. I can’t even put into words." She also added that "There wasn’t a dry eye in the whole OR," once everyone saw the two holding on to each other.
The pregnancy itself was pretty grueling, admitted Sarah to ABC. Though she gave birth to little Jenna and Jillian at a healthy 33 weeks via Cesarean, she first had to endure two months of bed rest at Akron General Medical Center, since the twins kept getting tangled in each other's umbilical chords.
“It’s really mentally challenging. It’s a very tough experience to go through,” she said, looking back.
As for the twins, they are now under close observation for some breathing problems, but will soon be headed home—to their 15-month-old big brother, who is no doubt psyched to be getting two little sisters.