When it comes to the birth and delivery of newborn babies, there are few moments in life that are more precious. A moment like this is something two parents cherish and hold onto for the rest of their lives, as the miracle of life occurs before their eyes. For the Thistlethwaite family, they experienced a remarkable moment in the delivery room, as their two twins who were born holdings hands leave the delivery room in awe.
After a lengthy pregnancy, the anticipation of meeting your newborn can be inevitably emotional and exhilarating. Upon a gasp from her doctor following the Cesarean section operation, Sarah, the mother of the newborns, witnessed a moment that is truly unusual. Held up by the obstetrician, the two twin girls could not be separated. They were holding hands, tightly and securely, appearing seemingly inseparable from the start.
“Everything was just so wonderful. The girls, they came out and then they were holding hands, which was crazy” the mother told Fox 8 News. Joining Sarah in a bundle of emotions was the entire delivery room, who simply could not believe what they had witnessed. “My heart just melted. Even my husband got tears in his eyes. I don’t know that anybody in the room had a dry eye” she stated to People Magazine.
During the pregnancy, the parents of the newborn twins had learned that their identical twins were monoamniotic, meaning they shared a placenta and amniotic sac, which is the rarest form of twinning. It also carries the highest risk, with the potential of their umbilical cords being tangled, and only a 50 percent survival rate. Concerned about the health and birth of their babies, Sarah went into a Cesarean section eight months into her pregnancy. Not only did the babies come out safely, but in a fashion that will be remembered by all who had to pleasure and privilege to be in the delivery room.
Jillian and Jenna, who are now two years old, are showing distinct personalities of their own, but are still closer than ever. The mother explained “If one twin is crying, the other will try to find a way to comfort her, like going to find a pacifier or rubbing the other’s back or offering a hug. They always take care of each other.” The twins enjoy the same food, share a love for the outdoors, and even love playing with the same toys.
Naturally, having identical twins can also come with some challenges. When one of them is acting up or does something troublesome, the parents admit they have a hard time identifying who did it, and who should be on time out! Enjoying the same toys and games can be a bit of a tug of war at times, although at the end of the day, they bond like the tight-knit siblings they have always been.
To the fortune of their parents, the twins are lucky to have been born with a ‘built-in best friend’. Such a rarity is something to be grateful for, and something the Thistlethwaites hold proudly. “Twins have this special bond and I can’t wait to watch them grow up and be best friends,” the mother added, with Jillian and Jenna already proving to share a storybook sisterhood.
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