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Double delivery! The incredible coincidence that will bond two newborns for life

Pictured (L-R): Laura Harkins with Ted and Helen Robbins with Lily.  Two sisters have had babies at Cambridge's Rosie maternity hospital – just TWO HOURS apart.  See MASONS story MNBIRTH.  Laura Harkins and Helen Robbins BOTH arrived at the hospital at about the same time, and BOTH went into labour together on Wednesday night – at about the same time.  At 3.30am on Thursday, after about seven-and-a-half hours' labour, Laura gave birth to Ted, 9lb 9oz.  Then at 5.30am, Helen's little bundle of joy appeared – Lily Belle, 7lb 9oz.  Now the two young mums are back home cuddling their newborns.

Babies Ted and Lily will share a birthday

Two sisters who coincidently fell pregnant at the same time gave birth in the same hospital – just two hours apart.

Helen Robbins and Laura Harkins both went into labour last Wednesday night and were rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Helen, 34, was bang on time with her due date while Laura, 32, was a week late, bringing their labours into line.

Laura gave birth first at 3.30am the following morning after seven-and-a-half hours’ labour to son Ted, weighing 9lb 9oz.

Two hours later Helen safely had daughter Lily Belle – her second – who weighed 7lb 9oz.

The sisters spent their recoveries in separate wards before going home.

Council worker Helen, of Histon, Cambs., said: “We both knew there was a possibility we’d give birth about the same time.

“I was due this week, and Laura was due a week ago.

“But we never ever imagined it would happen so close together. It’s absolutely wonderful.”

She added: “With both babies coming almost at the same time, it’s very special for both of us.

“It will be special for them in their future lives as well, both having birthdays on the same day.”

Helen and husband Mark, an accountant, already have an 18 month-old daughter Florence.

Pictured (L-R): Laura Harkins with Ted and Helen Robbins with Lily.  Two sisters have had babies at Cambridge's Rosie maternity hospital – just TWO HOURS apart.  See MASONS story MNBIRTH.  Laura Harkins and Helen Robbins BOTH arrived at the hospital at about the same time, and BOTH went into labour together on Wednesday night – at about the same time.  At 3.30am on Thursday, after about seven-and-a-half hours' labour, Laura gave birth to Ted, 9lb 9oz.  Then at 5.30am, Helen's little bundle of joy appeared – Lily Belle, 7lb 9oz.  Now the two young mums are back home cuddling their newborns.

By incredible coincidence the sisters gave birth on the same day

Baby Ted is the first child for Laura and and her engineer husband Ralf, who live in Waterbeach, Cambs.

Laura, a journalist, said: “It was pretty weird when we both found out we were pregnant at the same time, and were due on almost the same date.

“But we never dreamed we’d give birth on the same day, let alone within a couple of hours of each other.

“I think it’ll mean that Ted and Lily Belle will be very close as they grow up.”

The sisters’ mum Diane Johnston said: “Everybody’s delighted for them both.”

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