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Twins give birth to their first babies on the same day hours before turning 30

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By Mirror | July 5th 2015

UK: They've done everything together their whole lives - but these twins could never have dreamed that they'd both give birth on the SAME day.

And what made the occasion even more special was that Katie and Amy delivered their children just hours before they both turned 30.

“We were supposed to be going paintballing as a family but I’d just found out I was pregnant so couldn’t take part,” said Katie, a teacher from Clydach.

“I’d told my mother but my sister had guessed I was pregnant and asked my mother at a family meal revealing that she was too. So within one weekend my parents found out we were both pregnant.”

Wales on Sunday Katie (left) with her daughter, Ella, and Amy with her son, Henry

A crazy coincidence: Katie, left, with her daughter, Ella, and Amy, right, with her son, Henry

For the family getting used to things happening at similar time for the twins isn’t that unusual.

“We’ve done everything in our lives at similar times,” said Amy, a health, social care and wellbeing facilitator who lives in Neath.

“Our family are used to it. We got married within a year of each other too.

“Katie got married in June 2012 and I was married in August 2013.”

But Katie revealed neither twin had known the other was trying for baby.

“We hadn’t spoken about it. I’d been trying for a few months and because I’ve got polycystic ovaries I’d been to get tested.

“I just can’t get over the fact that we fell pregnant at the same time.”

Wales on Sunday Katie (left) with her daughter, Ella, and Amy with her son, Henry

Family: The twins both gave birth before turning 30

But, being a twin, double the joy of pregnancy also meant double the anxiety.

Katie told Wales Online: “Obviously, like any pregnancy, you have the worry before you get to the 12th week and all the other concerns throughout the pregnancy milestones but as well as worrying about your own baby you worry for your twin.

“It was quite an anxious time.”

Having been given due dates just three days apart the twins expected things to be close but couldn’t have known the coincidence that lay ahead.

“I was given June 5 as my due date and Amy was given June 2,” said Katie.

Katie gave birth to Ella, who weighed 7lbs 6oz, at 5.38am in Singleton Hospital in Swansea while Amy had 8lbs 7oz Henry in Bridgend’s Princess of Wales Hospital at about 11.15pm the same day.

Wales on Sunday As toddlers, twins Amy, left, and Katie

Back in the day: As toddlers, twins Amy, left, and Katie

“It was bizarre because I was in labour and had a message from my mother saying Amy was being induced,” said Katie.

“But still I thought that would be the next day.

“It was really funny because when my mum came to visit she would tell the midwife that she now had to leave to see my twin who was also having a baby.

“Everyone thought it was amazing.”

For Amy making crucial decisions about whether to have an epidural were made easier because of a decision already made by her sister in the hospital 26 miles away.

“My waters had broken the day before and I was being induced which was really painful,” said Amy.

“I was asked if I wanted an epidural and because I knew Katie was going through the same thing I felt happier about the decision.”

Wales on Sunday Twins Amy, left, and Katie as cute babes

Always together: The twins pictured as babies

As if the coincidences weren’t enough Katie’s first midwife when she got to Singleton was called Katie – while Amy’s midwife was called Amie.

“There were lots of odd things like that,” said Amy.

“June is going to be a month of major celebrations in the family as my husband Ollie’s birthday is exactly a week after mine – or ours, I should say.

“I think we’ll have a big celebration next year because we didn’t really do much to celebrate our 30th but we did have the best presents ever!”

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