Identical Twins Give Birth On Same Day, Just Hours Apart: 'What Are The Odds?'

Identical twins tend to do a lot of things in life together when they're growing up.
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But Jill Justiniani and Erin Cheplak took things a step further and made sure they'd be doing everything together when they were adults too.

On May 5, the 30-year-old twin sisters beat the odds by giving birth to near-identical baby boys within hours of each other.

Both sons weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces, measured 20 inches, and were born just meters apart at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Anaheim.

In an interview with KTLA, the sisters explained that - while they had always planned to get pregnant at the same time - they had never dreamed they would give birth so close together.

"The morning of our scheduled C section date my sister called me and said 'don't freak out but my water just broke,'" Jill recalled.
Erin, left, holding Silas and Jill, holding Oliver | CREDIT: COURTESY JILL JUSTINIANI AND ERIN CHEPLAK
The unlikely coincidence meant that after Jill and her husband Ian welcomed their baby boy Oliver at 6:39PM, they only had to make a short trip across the hall to join Erin and her husband Zach in their room. At 11.31 PM, all four new parents welcomed baby Silas to the family.

Erin and Jill were then given rooms across the hall from each other with their babies. When they were discharged - naturally, at the same time - the two moms returned to their separate homes. But they were still within easy reach of each other, thanks to living just five minutes apart in Yorba Linda.
Erin and Silas, left, with Jill and Oliver in hospital | CREDIT: COURTESY JILL JUSTINIANI AND ERIN CHEPLAK
The twins went on to say that they were grateful their sons would have the same bond growing up that they had had.

"We're so incredibly close and we're so thankful that our sons have the same opportunity and the same experience coming their way," they said.

In an interview with People, Jill described how close she and Erin were as kids, saying: "We played together, slept together, ate together. My parents would talk about how we had our own language together. We'd be in our cribs side to side and make these cooing sounds. I'd make a sound and Erin would respond."
From left, Zach, Erin, Jill and Ian | CREDIT: BETHANY JEAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Despite the low odds that they would give birth on the same day, the twins concluded that - given their tight bond - it was meant to be.

"It just feels like it was supposed to be," Jill told the outlet. "It is a little surprising because what are the odds? But it's like, of course this would happen to us."

Congratulations to this wonderful family!

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