Two sisters are celebrating after they both gave birth to babies on the same day – with both tots weighing exactly 6lbs 9oz.
Bridgette Exton, 35, was the first to go into labour at 2.15am on October 7 and bouncing baby boy Sidney was born at 11.45am.
Incredibly, her sister Karen Batley, 33, had an appointment to go to the same hospital at 9am on the same day for a caesarean and her daughter Rose was delivered at 9.30am.
Staff at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincs., saved the family beds next to one another on the ward.
Bizarrely, Sidney and Rose both weighed exactly 6lbs 9oz and they are now doing well at home with their parents.
Karen says she believes a “sisterly connection” meant she woke up and looked at the clock at 2.20am when Bridgette went into labour.
The first time mum, who lives with husband Richard Batley, added: “Obviously I didn’t actually know at that point until I spoke to mum in the morning.”
“When we arrived the midwife was talking to us and I said about Bridgette being in labour and they said they would try to arrange for us to see her.
“They actually saved the bed by the side of me and the ward sisters made sure that side of the ward was kept clear.”
Bridgette, who has another son called Henry with husband Matt Exton, 36, added: “I’m looking forward to the future, when they have their birthday parties together on the same day.
“Hopefully they will form a close bond and be able to look after each other as they grow up.”
The mum-of-two said staff at the hospital were “all excited” about the double birth because it wasn’t something they came across very often.
Proud grandparents Alan, 56, and Sue Morrell, 53, said they were delighted to have gone from one grandchild to three in “a couple of hours”.