Rare mono mono twins were born to an Ohio woman on Friday, just in time for Mother’s Day. The monoamniotic twins, called “mono mono” for short, occur in about 1 in 10,000 pregnancies. Another woman is also expected be giving birth to mono mono twins at the same Ohio hospital later this week, according to Fox News on May 12.
The identical twin girls shared the same amniotic sac and placenta, which is why they are called monoamniotic twins. Sarah Thistlehwaite gave birth to Jillian and Jenna who were born holding hands at Akron General Medical Center.
Mom said the girls are already best friends, as they were born clutching each other’s hand as if they didn’t want to be separated. After they were born, doctors lifted them up for mom and dad to see, according to MSN News today.
Because they share the same amniotic sac, there was danger that the umbilical cords could get wrapped around the babies’ necks during pregnancy, which could cause death. The babies were monitored very closely through mom’s pregnancy, keeping mom on bed rest.
Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite live in Orrville, Ohio and the girls have a big brother, Jaxon, who turned one this past January. The couple found out they were having twins on Jaxon’s first birthday.
Dad said when he found out they were having twins, they rushed to prepare the house for the babies. All he could do was “laugh,” as he was so happy about the news. The pregnancy was tough for Sarah because she was carrying mono mono twins, she was put on bed rest early on in her pregnancy.
"It's hard, it really is," she said of extended bed rest. "It was very mentally challenging knowing I have to sit here all day."
She had to leave her position as a middle school math teacher to go on bed rest and she went into the hospital on March 14, so the doctors could monitor the babies. The pregnancy went 33 weeks and two days and the birth went off without a hitch, just a few minor issues occurred during the pregnancy.
One of the minor issues was when the girls would kick the monitors off mom when they got active in the womb. The twin girls are fine and expected to stay in the Akron Children’s Hospital for another two to four weeks, as they were born prematurely. Sarah will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, from the medical center that she’s called home since March.
Jenna was first born at 4 lbs., 2 ozs. and she was 17 inches long at birth. Then Jillian was born just 48 seconds after her sister weighing in at 3 lbs., 13 ozs. and 17.5 inches long. In the beginning they needed some assistance breathing.