Identical twins give birth to sons on the same day at the same hospital
Jalynne delivered her baby in the morning, and a couple of hours later, her sister Janelle brought another beautiful baby boy into the world
A little more than nine months ago, identical twin sisters Jalynne April Crawford and Janelle Ann Leopoldo received the news that they were pregnant, and the sisters were over the moon when they found out that both were carrying boys.
“When I got the text my face lit up,” Jalynne told People magazine about the moment she heard of her sister's pregnancy.
As per reports, Jalynne herself had found out about her pregnancy just four days before her sister. “I got chills in my arm and then seconds later she called and we were both like ‘Thank you, thank you, God.”
“It’s making me tear up right now,” Jalynne continued. “I was like ‘this is God’s way of answering our prayers.'”
Even though the news was extremely exciting, the two sisters still had a lot of challenges coming their way.
Jalynne revealed that her sister Janelle, who suffered from fertility issues, was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. For those not aware of it, polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is essentially a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.
As a result of her diagnosis, Janelle had to undergo an ectopic pregnancy. On the other hand, things weren't looking up for Jalynne either, who had suffered two miscarriages. And while the two women struggled with their fertility issues, the entire family was left jolted when their sister Jennifer Pippin died last year.
Even after all the grief and struggles that the twins had to deal with, they never gave up hope, and the duo continued to pray that they could someday get pregnant together. And soon enough, their prayers were answered and the twin sisters were blessed with the news of their pregnancy within days of each other.
However, the sisters hit another roadblock on their pregnancy plans when the two got their due dates around the same time but realized that their parents could not be at two places despite being present for every one of their grandchildren’s births, since both the sisters lived in different parts of the country.
Jalynne lives in Arizona with her husband Brandon Michael Crawford, a player for the San Francisco Giants. On the other hand, Janelle lives in California with her husband Jason Sergio Leopoldo, both of whom met at UCLA in 2005 where they were all student-athletes.
“We knew we wanted to have it on the same date so our parents could be there,” Jalynne continued. It was then that the sisters asked the doctor if it would be possible to have both their babies delivered on the same day. “He said it was fine, they were the same gestational age and due within a week of one another,” Jalynne said.
And the next thing was Janelle and her family packing and moving all the way to Arizona six weeks before their due date. “We both made it to 39 weeks and made it to our scheduled delivery day,” Jalynne explained.
On June 18, the sisters, their spouses and their parents made their way to the hospital. Jalynne delivered her baby in the morning, and a couple of hours later, her sister brought another beautiful baby boy into the world.
Soon, the sisters were moved into recovery rooms on the same floor in side-by-side rooms. “Everyone always asks how we decided who got to go first,” Jalynne told the publication. “Well, I was born first and got pregnant first. Plus my husband only gets three days of paternity leave.”
“We’re going to remember this for the rest of our lives,” Jalynne said. And now that the twins were able to experience pregnancy together, Jalynne finally feels that her family is complete. “I’m officially done.”
However, Jalynne, who already has four kids, says that she cannot say the same for her twin sister. “I know she and her husband want four kids as well, so they’re not done,” Jalynne laughed.