Identical Twins Welcome First Babies on Same Day, Hours Apart

 

Growing up, identical twins Jill Justiniani and Erin Cheplak did just about everything in sync.

“We played together, slept together, ate together,” Jill, 30, of Yorba Linda, California, tells PEOPLE. “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.”

dentical twin sisters Jill Justiniani and Erin Cheplak gave birth on the same day in the same hospital — to baby boys, each weighing the same and the same length.

Now, they’ve become parents together — on the same day, in the same hospital, within hours of each other.

On May 5, both sisters welcomed sons, with each baby weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and measuring 20 inches.

dentical twin sisters Jill Justiniani and Erin Cheplak gave birth on the same day in the same hospital — to baby boys, each weighing the same and the same length.

“It just feels like it was supposed to be,” says Jill. “It is a little surprising because what are the odds? But it’s like, of course this would happen to us.”

While the sisters planned on getting pregnant at the same time — “We’ve always said that it would be very fun for us,” says Erin — giving birth on the same day had not crossed their minds.

Jill was scheduled for a cesarean section at the Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Anaheim on May 5 because doctors discovered her son, Oliver, was in a breech position. Erin’s baby, Silas, was due on May 15. But on the morning of May 5, Erin’s water broke.

dentical twin sisters Jill Justiniani and Erin Cheplak gave birth on the same day in the same hospital — to baby boys, each weighing the same and the same length.

“I called my husband, Zach, and I said, ‘Okay, this isn’t a joke. My water just broke. I’m going to need you to come home from work and take me to labor and delivery,’ ” she recalls.

“My next phone call was to Jill and I said, ‘Okay, this isn’t a joke, but I’m pretty sure my water just broke.’ Jill’s like, ‘All right. Well, I’ll see you there.’ ”


“Being identical twins, Jill and I know no difference, other than spending all of life’s journeys together,” says Erin. “It’s an experience that has been amazing and it’s something that Jill and I cherish so much.

“We’re each other’s best friends and to know that our sons are going to grow up with the opportunity for a similar experience is a huge blessing,” she continues. “We’re so grateful for that.”

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