By Allan Olingo
Twin sisters share many experiences but not many give birth the same day. But thatâs exactly what happened to 24-year-olds Zaakira Mitchell and Shaakira White of Columbia, USA.
When White entered Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia on July 24, she was simply accompanying her twin sister and getting a check-up, or so she thought. After all, Whiteâs due date was August 16.
Mitchellâs due date, on the other hand, was July 26. She decided to be induced a few days early. But no one anticipated what happened next.
During Whiteâs check-up, she told the physician David Ferguson that she had felt contractions that morning and he checked to make sure she wasnât entering labour early.
He discovered that she was already five to six centimetres dilated, so he started preparing White for a Caesarean section.
Mitchell had a baby boy, Kadin. Once Dr Ferguson knew that Mitchell was healthy and stable, he attended to White.
According to WLTX, White gave birth to twins, Landon and London, one hour later. Dr Ferguson was understandably surprised by the timing.
Â âIâve never actually seen twins pregnant at the same time, leave alone delivering on the same day,â he told ABC News.
For Mitchell and White, the experience of giving birth was even more meaningful because they did it together.
âSheâs like my best friend. So for us to share this, that was really special and emotional,â Mitchell said.