It is said that when one wants to learn the mysteries of life, observe Nature. To everything there is a season, but what are the chances that twin sisters would give birth on the same day? Alicia Teepler and Ari Ostler are identical twins . Their own births were miraculous when you consider that there was one fertilized egg that split into two during their conception. They shared one amniotic sac, one placental connection with their mother and one common birth date. Now, their children do as well. Ostler gave birth to a baby boy on October 7th and 43 minutes later Teepler gave birth to a baby girl. Both sisters had exceeded their due dates and were induced. Ostler requested an epidural for pain management while Teepler opted for natural childbirth. Both moms’ deliveries had an abnormal amount of amniotic fluid and their babies had nuchal cords, meaning the umbilical cord was wrapped around their necks but they were easily removed at birth. Surprisingly, both labors progressed at the same pace.
Sometimes miracles are in plain view and we discount them as mere coincidences. I recall the time when I had a patient who was in labor and ultimately delivered a baby girl on her daughter’s birthday. She now had two daughters born on the same day. Or the patient who had a miscarriage with a twin pregnancy after she had relocated to another state. She returned pregnant again and an ultrasound was ordered to confirm her dates. When I initially reviewed the ultrasound report, I thought there had been a mistake. The ultrasound report’s findings indicated twins. However, I quickly discovered there had not been a mistake. The patient was pregnant with twins – again. She went on to have a successful delivery. Then there was the patient who had lost her daughter to undiagnosed heart failure at the age of four and was understandably anxious when she became pregnant again. She ultimately delivered a baby girl on her deceased daughter’s birthday. As an obstetrician, these experiences have made me both happy humbled.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” The births of these twin sisters, Teepler and Ostler’s babies can certainly be counted as one of them.