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Friday 18 August 2017

What are the odds? Twin sisters give birth to baby boys on the same day

Twin sisters in New Jersey have given birth to baby boys on the same day. Pic: Stock image
Twin sisters in New Jersey have given birth to baby boys on the same day. Pic: Stock image
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Twin sisters have given birth to baby boys on the same day, just hours apart.

Fraternal twins, Danielle Grant and Kim Abraham (32), gave birth within four hours of each other on Friday.

The twins, who were born one minute apart themselves, said their pregnancies were a “total coincidence”.

They both gave birth to boys in the same hospital in the town of Brick, New Jersey.

"We both wanted babies but we didn’t think we would get pregnant the same time. This was not planned," they told the Asbury Park Press.

“We laughed because we always thought it would happen, and then it actually did happen,” she said. “It’s really cool.”

Kim and her husband, Matt, were trying to have a baby and she suffered a miscarriage. "It was really early on," Kim said. "I didn't even know I was pregnant." When she had recovered, the couple decided to try again.

Meanwhile, Danielle, who already had a two-year-old daughter, decided she would like another baby but the "timing wasn't right" as she had just started a new job.

But the sisters discovered that they were pregnant on the same day, after Kim took a test and convinced her sister to do one too. Both came out positive.

Both women were due to give birth on April 22 but had to be induced on Friday, April 28.

Danielle gave birth to her son, Roman at 11.42am, only hours before Kim delivered cousin Aaron at 3.21pm.

The sisters said their families are friends are overjoyed at the arrival of the boys.

"My mom was there — back and forth — in-between the rooms and then our husbands were in-between the rooms just to see what was going on,” said Danielle.

The twins, whose husbands are also close, said they're hoping that the boys will "be like brothers".

"We’ll dress them in the same outfit,” Danielle said. “We were dressed alike but in different colors growing up, so we’re going to torture them like that, too.”

A local mathematics professor, Olga Malpica Proctor, calculated the odds of twin sisters giving birth on the same day as about one in 12,500 – similar to the odds that someone will be struck by lighting.

The odds that both babies are the same gender is approximately one in 25,000.

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