AKRON, OH, May 12, 2014 ( — After eight weeks of hospitalization, Sarah Thistlethwaite has a gift for the world: twins born holding hands.

Known as “mono mono twins,” Jenna and Jillian shared the same placenta and amniotic sac throughout the pregnancy. But it's not just the odds of such a birth — one in 10,000 — that's drawing national media attention. It's how the babies were holding hands as they left their mother's womb.


Born at 33 weeks, Jenna and Jillian join 15-month old brother Jaxon in bringing their parents joy and happiness. Sarah told local news that “it's hard to be here, be [sic] we know in the end, we're going to end up with two twin girls and they're going to be healthy and everything is great,” Sarah said.

“I couldn't think, I started tearing up immediately,” Sarah's husband, Bill, told reporters who recorded the birth of the twins. “It was beautiful.”

The twins, who were considered “high-risk” births because of cord entanglement and/or compression, among other potential problems, are expected to be joined by another set of “mono mono twins” at the same hospital. Amanda Arnold is the mother of the soon-to-arrive twins, who she says “were sitting side-by-side just looking at each other.”