Uncanny timing for pregnant twins

Last updated 12:05 29/05/2013
COUSINS: Ivory Mae Cushing and Keiran Leighton Carter.
COUSINS: Ivory Mae Cushing and Keiran Leighton Carter.
Erica and Tashina Ackley
Erica and Tashina Ackley

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Twin sisters who found out they were pregnant at the same time, have given birth to their babies on the same day in the same hospital.

Erica and Tashina Ackley, who  live in the northeastern US state of Maine, took their pregnancy tests together.

They also told their mother, Mary Ackley, who has four other daughters, about their pregnancies on the same day.

"I had told some other people I was pregnant, so I figured it would be best if my mother heard the news from me, not somebody else," Erica told the Bangor Daily News.

"I waited a few hours," Tashina said, "then I asked my mother if she would like to have a baby in each arm again, like she did with us. She had no idea what I meant until I told her I was pregnant, too."

The twins had their babies on Friday (local time), just days before they turned 22.

Tashina gave birth to a 3.03kg daughter, Ivory Mae Cushing, at 8.45am at Down East Community Hospital in Machias. Erica followed just before noon with 2.7kg son Keiran Leighton Carter.

"We took pregnancy tests together and found out we were pregnant on the same day," Erica said, "and we did every [prenatal] appointment together".

Tashina said: "We thought it would be cool if we had our babies on the same day, but we didn't expect that it would happen."

The babies were the first children for both of the twins, who have "Twin 1" and "Twin 2" tattoos.

On New Year's Eve 19-year-old identical twins Aimee and Ashlee Nelson gave birth to sons two hours apart at Summa Akron City Hospital in Ohio. Their due dates had been about a week apart and they had not planned same-day births. 

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