We’ve shared many stories involving twins delivering with just hours apart, but it’s not every day that we get to share stories involving non-twin sisters delivering together. But as we all know, sisters, no matter how far apart, can share a very special bond. After the delivery of their daughters, Nicole Jeffs and Elisa Pass are sure to grow even closer together.
Elisa is 30. Nicole is 19. They discovered that they were pregnant on the very same day. Their due dates were just one day apart. So the pair, already very close as far as sibling relationships go, spent their pregnancies planning the arrival of their daughters together. But what happened next was like a dream come true.
“All the way through the pregnancies, we were able to be there for each other and it was fantastic that we were able to share having little girls at the same time,” Nicole said.
Nicole went into labor first, starting at 2 a.m. Her labor lasted 14 hours and at 6 p.m. that same day, she delivered 7lb, 1oz Isla.
Just hours after Nicole was admitted to the hospital, Elisa’s water broke. She delivered 8lb, 12oz Hollie at 1 a.m. the next day – just seven hours after Nicole.
“At first, it was a big shock because I got to the hospital and then mum had a call saying Elisa had started in labor and was on her way too,” Nicole said.
Isla is Nicole’s first child. She currently lives with her parents and her partner, Adam Batchelor, 22.
“It’s a shame they weren’t born on the same day, but you can’t have everything,” Elisa stated. “I’m so chuffed, not only for me, but also for Nicole. It’s a dream come true.”
Hollie is Elisa’s third child. She and her partner, Stephen Harper, 32, live together with their two other children, Luke, 7 and Jacob, 3.
During the deliveries, smitten grandparents, Gail, 56, and Paul, 48, rushed between the two delivery rooms so that they could be there for both daughters. But the pair didn’t have to stay separated for long. After the deliveries were over, Elisa and Nicole were whisked off to the same ward and cousins Hollie and Isla were able to meet for the very first time.
During their stay, the duo was the talk of the hospital.
Head of midwifery at Stepping Hill hospital, where the sisters delivered, said, “This is a wonderful story that has delighted everyone. We deliver over 4,000 babies a year and this is the first time we’ve had two sisters give birth so close together.”
Two days later, the sisters were both released from the hospital two days later and they were able to share the news (and the babies) with family and friends. But the sisters hope for more than just a close delivery.
“Hopefully, Isla and Hollie will be really close, just like we are,” Nicole said. “Our mum was brilliant.”
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