Waiting to meet your baby after a long pregnancy can be an emotional and exciting time—and when a mother is having twins, she often experiences twice the emotion, excitement, and tears of joy.
For Sarah Thistlethwaithe, as she waited to meet her twin girls, she got even more than that. After the delivery, as she waited for those first cries from her twins, she heard a gasp from the doctor. But because of the Cesarean section operation, she couldn’t see what was going on.
No one could believe what they were witnessing.
The obstetrician lifted the twins up at the same time to show Sarah, because the doctor could not separate them—they were holding on too tightly to each other.
“Everything was just so wonderful. The girls, they came out and then they were holding hands, which was crazy,” Sarah explained to Fox 8 News.”
Sarah’s emotions went from shocked to tears—and soon the whole room was both crying and laughing.
“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 told Faith Tap.
The safe delivery of the twins was good news.
When Sarah was five months into her pregnancy, she and her husband discovered that their identical twin girls were monoamniotic, which means that the twins shared a placenta and amniotic sac.
“Mo-mo” twins are very rare, and they have an in-utero mortality rate of approximately 50 percent. Because of the high risk, Sarah underwent a Cesarean section almost eight months into her pregnancy. Both she and her husband were anxious about the health of their babies, Jillian and Jenna.
But when the two came out healthy and holding hands, it was not only a huge relief, but an unforgettable moment.
“When they just held them up, and I just saw their hand together . . . it’s indescribable,” the father told Fox 8 News.
Sarah describes them as “two peas in a pod,” and she said they still do everything together.
“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. Twins have this special bond and I can’t wait to watch them grow up and be best friends,” she told Fox 8 News.