Miracle Twins: Touching Photo of Twins Grasping Each Other’s Hands with Intact Amniotic Sac Following Delivery

Ohio mother receives a very special Mother’s Day gift when her identical twin girls are born holding hands. Sarah Thistlewaite’s daughters, Jenna and Jillian, are a rare set of monoamniotic or “mono mono” identical twins, meaning they shared an amniotic sac and remained in constant contact during the pregnancy.

Due to this condition, Thistlewaite had to endure weeks of bed rest at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. The twins had to be continuously monitored for nearly two months since mono mono twins can easily become entangled in each other’s umbilical cords.

Thistlewaite described the experience as mentally challenging and a tough journey. With a 15-month-old son to take care of, she had to check into the hospital for almost two months so doctors could carefully monitor the babies. Heart rate monitors were attached to watch for any signs of distress or complications. Thistlewaite also had regular ultrasound examinations every other week.

Fortunately, at 33 weeks, Jenna and Jillian were born healthy. Doctors had planned a Cesarean section due to the risk of entanglement if the twins grew too large. As the girls were born, doctors held them up over a sheet so Thistlewaite and her husband could see them. The newborns were already holding hands, which overwhelmed Thistlewaite. She expressed her inability to put the experience into words and mentioned that there wasn’t a dry eye in the operating room.

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 each, they were finally released from the hospital on Saturday and went home with their parents and their 15-month-old big brother, Jaxon. The Thistlewaite parents had been splitting their time between home and the hospital, located 40 minutes away. Sarah expressed her joy at having everyone under the same roof after a stressful period of divided attention.

The twins’ rare birth condition, known as monoamniotic or “mono mono,” occurs in approximately one out of every 10,000 pregnancies. Thistlewaite, a 32-year-old eighth-grade teacher, noticed a unique bond between the twins. She observed how they naturally gravitated toward each other during feeding and even when placed on the floor. She found it fascinating to witness their connection.

The family received a warm welcome from Thistlewaite’s mother, grandparents, and her husband’s grandparents when they arrived home. They spent Sunday trying to relax and enjoy each other’s company, feeling grateful for reaching that point. Thistlewaite emphasized how amazing it was to have the twins healthy despite their premature birth. Her biggest concern now is telling the twins apart, but she plans to solve that by painting one’s nails pink and the other’s nails purple.

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