'Mono mono' twins might sound like a pair of babies that contracted the kissing disease inside their mother's womb, but that is far from the case. They are special though, and doctors see these rare pregnancies pop up once in every 10,000 births. One lucky mother managed to give birth to her own set just in time for Mother's Day this year though.
WPTV reported on May 10 on this rare birth at Akron General Medical Center. Sarah Thistlethwaite gave birth to an identical set of twin girls, and there is something even more amazing about this birth. The girls were holding hands when they entered the world. Now this might give you a hint about what 'mono mono' twins are. Twins are not usually able to hold hands when they are being born.
'Mono mono' twins share the same placenta and amniotic sac, and it usually happens when an embryo splits again eight days after pregnancy. Sarah and her husband did not even know that they were having twins until her 19th week of pregnancy, and they then received the news about this additional complication. 'Mono mono' twins are at risk for compression and entanglement of umbilical cords, according to Atlanta Journal.
A 'mono mono' pregnancy is a high risk pregnancy, and this means that Sarah would need to remain in bed for eight to nine weeks once her pregnancy progressed until the babies are grown enough to be born. Sarah managed to go 33 weeks before bringing in her baby girls into the world. She had been in the hospital for 58 days when it came time to deliver the babies, and they were born by C-section.
The girls were born weighing five pounds each, and they were both born healthy. Sarah and Bill named their daughters Jenna and Jillian, and they have a third child at home. Jaxon is 15-months-old, and he will soon be joined by his sisters at home. Sarah and Bill initially had trouble conceiving, but now they have a full house.
Sarah's pregnancy is not the only 'mono mono' birth set for Akron either. Dr. Justin Lavin, a doctor specializing in high-risk obstetrics, revealed that a second mom will be entering the hospital next week, and she is also having 'mono mono' twins. Two mothers with this type of pregnancy in such a short period of time is unheard of. It is happening again though. Amanda Brown is the lucky mother in this case, and she revealed that twins do run in her family.
What do you think of this rare birth? Have you ever heard of 'mono mono' twins before now? Do you know one of these rare babies?