Identical Twins Welcome First Babies on Same Day, Hours Apart

Identical twins Jill Justiniani and Erin Cheplak of Yorba Linda, California did just about everything in sync. Jill, 30 said:” We played together, slept together, ate together. My parents would talk about how we had our own language together. We’d be in our cribs side to side and make these cooing sounds. I’d make a sound and Erin would respond.” Now, they’ve become parents together, on the same day, in the same hospital, within hours of each other.

While the twins admit they planned to get pregnant at the same time they never imagined their ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀs would align. Jill was schedule for a ᴄᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴsection because Oliver was in the breach position, at that point Erin’s son wasn’t due for another ten days. But she woke up in the morning and her waters broke, She recalled:” I called my husband, Zach, and I said, ‘Okay, this isn’t a joke. My water just broke. I’m going to need you to come home from work and take me to ʟᴀʙᴏʀ and ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀʏ.” Arriving at the hospital the sisters and their husbands spent the next few hours together as Jill waited for her procedure and Erin was in active labour.

Now, the two have become parents just five hours apart, in the same hospital and their sons – Silas and Oliver were even the same weight and height. Jill Justiniani and Erin Cheplak both gave birth to a health boy on May 5. Both boys weighted 7.3lbs and were 50.8cms tall and even have the same middle names, James. Jill gave birth to Oliver at 6:39pm, and her sister Erin followed soon after and gave birth to Silas at 11:31pm.  Jill said: “It just feels like it was supposed to be. It is a little surprising because what are the odds? But it’s like, of course this would happen to us.”

After giving birth, the two mums spent the next few days in hospital supporting each other and recovering together after being given rooms across the hall from each other. Jill said:” That’s just another really special thing for our sons — they’re going to have a sense of closeness that they can also rely on each other the way that my sister and I did.

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