“Miracle Twins: A Touching Image of Newborn Twins Embracing with the Amniotic Sac Unbroken”

That’s a heartwarming story! It seems that Sarah Thistlewaite, a mother from Ohio, received a special gift on Mother’s Day when her identical twin girls were born holding hands. The twins, Jenna and Jillian, are monoamniotic or “mono mono” identical twins, which means they shared the same amniotic sac and were in constant contact during the pregnancy.

Due to their condition, Thistlewaite had to undergo bed rest for weeks at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. The twins had to be closely monitored for nearly two months since mono mono twins are at risk of becoming entangled in each other’s umbilical cords.

The experience was mentally challenging for Thistlewaite, who also had a 15-month-old son. She had to check into the hospital for nearly two months so doctors could carefully monitor the babies. They used heart rate monitors to watch for heart deceleration or any variables. Thistlewaite underwent ultrasounds every other week.

Fortunately, at 33 weeks, the twins were born healthy. Doctors had planned a Cesarean section because if the twins grew too large, there would be a greater risk of entanglement. When the girls were born, doctors held them up over a sheet for Thistlewaite and her husband to see. The newborns were holding hands, which overwhelmed the parents. The whole operating room was filled with emotion.

Jenna was born weighing 4 pounds, 2 ounces, followed by Jillian a minute later at 3 pounds, 13 ounces. The twins spent nearly a month in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, gaining weight and getting stronger. At almost 6 pounds, they were cleared to be released from the hospital. On Saturday, they went home with their parents and their big brother, 15-month-old Jaxon. The parents had been splitting their time between home and the hospital, but now they were all together under the same roof.

The twins’ rare birth condition, monoamniotic or “mono mono,” occurs in approximately one out of every 10,000 pregnancies. Thistlewaite, a 32-year-old eighth-grade teacher, has already noticed a unique bond between the twins. They gravitate towards each other when placed on a feeding pillow or on the floor, which she finds fascinating.

The family celebrated the twins’ arrival with Sarah’s mother, grandparents, and her husband’s grandparents gathering at their house. They spent Sunday trying to relax and enjoy each other’s company, feeling grateful that they had made it to this point. Having the twins there healthy, despite being premature, was truly phenomenal for them. Thistlewaite’s biggest concern now is telling the twins apart, which she plans to solve by painting one’s nails pink and the other’s nails purple.

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