Mum gives birth to identical twins who were born on DIFFERENT days

Mum gives birth to identical twins who were born on DIFFERENT days

02/16/2021

First-time mum gives birth to identical twins who were born on DIFFERENT days after arriving either side of midnight in separate sacs

  • Kirsten Stevens gave birth to Hugo and Leo, now 20 months old in June 2019 
  • Identical twin brothers had separate sacs and have different birthdays
  • Pair were born 11 minutes apart and doctors initially told Kirsten they weren’t identical 

A first-time mum has given birth to identical twins who were born on different days in separate sacs. 

Kirsten Stevens, from Somerset, became mother to twins, Hugo and Leo, now 20 months old were born 11 minutes apart in 2019.

But as her boys were born either side of midnight, the pair, who doctors initially said weren’t identical,  have different birthdays.

‘Throughout my pregnancy, I was told that they were not identical, and I had just accepted that,’ Kirsten explained. 

A first-time mum has given birth to identical twins who were born on different days in separate sacs

Kirsten Stevens, from Somerset, became mother to twins, Hugo and Leo (pictured), now 20 months old were born 11 minutes apart in 2019.

‘But then after they were born on June 6 and 7, they started to look so similar.

‘Everyone kept telling me that they must be identical because they looked exactly the same. 

There was only a 30 per cent chance of her babies being identical due to them being in separate sacs.

But the new mum says everyone struggled to tell them apart and decided to pay privately for a test genetic test – that confirmed the boys are identical.

There was only a 30 per cent chance of her babies being identical due to them being in separate sacs. Kristen is pictured pregnant

As her boys were born either side of midnight, the pair, who doctors initially said weren’t identical have different birthdays (they are pictured in the womb)

The new mum says everyone struggled to tell them apart and decided to pay privately for a test genetic test – that confirmed the boys are identical

What are dichorionic diamniotic (DCDA) twins?

 For medical purposes, there are 3 types of twins  

The 3 types are:

  • dichorionic diamniotic (DCDA) twins – each has their own separate placenta with its own separate inner membrane (amnion) and outer membrane (chorion)
  • monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) twins – share a single placenta with a single outer membrane and 2 inner membranes
  • monochorionic monoamniotic (MCMA) twins – share both the inner and outer membranes

All non-identical twins are DCDA, and a third of identical twins are DCDA. 

DCDA pregnancy is the lowest risk of three types of pregnancy. 

‘People were getting mixed up between them, even my husband, Craig, and I sometimes got confused.

‘It was just going round and round in my head, constantly questioning whether they were identical or not.

‘I just wanted to know for sure, even for the boys’ sake so I would be able to tell them for sure when they are older,’ she added.

Kirsten was told that Hugo and Leo are DCDA twins – dichorionic diamniotic twins – which means each twin has its own chorionic and amniotic sacs and is most common in non-identical twins.  

‘I had a bit of birthday money left over, so I decided to use that towards having a private genetic test done that would tell for whether or not Hugo and Leo were identical twins.

‘I just had a feeling they were, which would be incredible as it is so far, so I went ahead with the test,’ she added.

The report came back to show that her twins were in fact identical, after being told that for so long that they weren’t.

Kirsten says that she was apprehensive to open the report, but she knew she’d be happy whatever the results and excited to finally have an answer about her sons.

She added: ‘I was apprehensive when the results arrived as it felt like it could flip everything about what we were told about our boys.

‘And that’s exactly what the results showed.

‘After we got our heads around the news, we were so happy.

‘It was such a relief to finally have a solid answer and to realise how rare a special our boys were.’ 

Kirsten was told that Hugo and Leo are DCDA twins – dichorionic diamniotic twins – which means each twin has its own chorionic and amniotic sacs and is most common in non-identical twins

The fraternity report came back to show that her twins were in fact identical, after being told that for so long that they weren’t.

Hugo and Leo are what’s known as DCDA twins. 

After initially discovering she was pregnant with twins at 12 weeks, Kirsten says that she and her husband were gobsmacked.

She added: ‘We sat in silence and just looked at each other. We were in total shock because neither of us has any sets of twins in our families. 

Kirsten says that she was apprehensive to open the report to see if her sons were identical but she knew she’d be happy whatever the results and excited to finally have an answer about her sons. They are pictured with their dad Craig

Hugo and Leo are what’s known as DCDA twins. After initially discovering she was pregnant with twins at 12 weeks, Kirsten says that she and her husband were gobsmacked.

Scan pictures demonstrating separate sacs. As they are dichorionic diamniotic (DCDA) twins – each has their own separate placenta with its own separate inner membrane (amnion) and outer membrane (chorion)

‘I was shaking like a leaf. 

‘But then we started to talk about it and how we were going to need two of everything. We started to feel really excited and blessed.

‘It never crossed my mind that we would have twins, but now I wouldn’t change it for the world. 

Brotherly love! The twins are pictured at Christmas, despite being identical they have different birthdays

The twins, now 20 months,  with their parents, Craig and Kirsten. They were born 11 minutes apart but have different birthdays

Picnic time! They family are pictured out last summer. Kristen shares their lives togehter on Instagram 

Brother brother! Kirsten says: ‘It never crossed my mind that we would have twins, but now I wouldn’t change it for the world’

‘It makes sense that they are identical twins as their bond is so lovely and they share the same mannerisms and interests.

‘When they’re sleeping they always want to be next to each other. It is so special.

‘And it feels special and precious to know that they have been born in quite a rare situation and will always have a best friend.’

A matching pair! ‘It makes sense that they are identical twins as their bond is so lovely and they share the same mannerisms and interests,’ Kirsten said

New mum! Kirsten is pictured in hospital after giving birth to her identical twin boys

‘When they’re sleeping they always want to be next to each other. It is so special,’ Kirsten explained

The identical pair often have hundreds of likes on Instagram for their cute photos 

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