A rare set of monoamniotic twin girls born just ahead of Mother’s Day gave their families an extra happy surprise when they clasped hands just after being delivered early by Cesarean section.
Monoamniotic twins occur when the two fetuses share one amniotic sac, which is the membrane that contains the baby and amniotic fluid inside the uterus. In most cases of twins, each twin has its own amniotic sac. Sharing one puts twins at a high risk of entanglement in each other’s umbilical cords, which can lead to serious complications or death. Monoamniotic births occur in approximately 1 out of every 10,000 pregnancies.
Because of this risk, their mother had to be on bed rest for nearly two months so that her babies could be constantly monitored. The twin girls, Jillian and Jenna, were delivered early at 33 weeks since larger fetuses are more likely to become entangled. When the doctors held the girls up for the parents to see, the twins were holding hands.
After developing some breathing difficulty, Jillian and Jenna were moved to the neonatal unit at Akron Children’s Hospital, but are now healthy and doing well breathing without a ventilator.