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Sisters Took Over Maternity Ward When They Both Gave Birth Just Six Hours Apart – With The Help Of The Same Midwife

Two sisters took over the maternity ward together when they both gave birth to little girls just six hours apart – with the help of the same midwife.

Phoebe Rose, 28, and her big sister, Sophie Thomson, 31, had due dates just one day apart but never imagined that they’d end up giving birth on the same day.

The older sister found out she was six weeks pregnant just a few days before younger Phoebe called her to break her own news.

Baby Nellie was the first to arrive, after Phoebe went into labour, and proud aunt Sophie arrived at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham to visit her new niece, already in labour.

(L-R) Sophie Thomson, 31, with Nancie, and Phoebe Rose, 28, holding. Nellie.

With the sister’s mum Lynda, 54, running between their beds, Sophie gave birth to baby Nancie six hours after Nellie was born – with the same midwife birthing them both.

The whole experience has brought the siblings closer together than ever before, so much so that they now only live four doors down from each other.

The cousins, who are best friends, celebrated their fourth birthday together this week – just as they have each birthday before – and start school in the same class next month.

Team leader Sophie, from Nottingham, said: “I visited Phoebe in the hospital, and I was literally doubled over with contractions by the side of her bed, so I knew it was time to go!

“I said goodbye to Phoebe and my gorgeous niece, and then was taken straight to the delivery suite.

“The midwife came over and said she’d just delivered my sister’s baby, so hoped she could help deliver mine as well, and of course I said yes!”

Nellie (left) and Nancie (right).

Phoebe, a community carer added: “When we found out we were pregnant at the same time, we never dreamt of giving birth on the same day, but I’m so glad it all happened the way it did.

“I’m forever grateful to have gone through this with Sophie.

“She was my rock throughout it all and I hope Nellie and Nancy grow up to be as close as we are.”

When Phoebe texted her sister Sophie that she was feeling unwell back in January 2015, she was surprised when her sibling suggested taking a pregnancy test.

The test came up positive, and when Phoebe rang her sister back with her unexpected news, she had no idea that Sophie was pregnant as well.

Phoebe, who has partner Greg, 30, said: “As soon as the little positive lines came up on the screen, I knew I had to phone Sophie back immediately.

“I was in such a state of shock at my own news, I could barely process it when Sophie told me she was pregnant too!

Nellie (left) and Nancie (right).

Sophie and her husband Jonny, AGE, had been keeping it quiet that they were trying for a baby, but emotions took over when her sister told her she was pregnant.

The siblings had a tearful phone conversation where they both excitedly shared their news and realised they’d be going through their pregnancies together.

Sophie said: “We’d been trying for a baby, and I’d only just found out a few days before that I was six weeks pregnant so I’d kept it between me and Jonny at that point.

“When Phoebe said she’d not been feeling well, I immediately suggested she take a test, but I was totally surprised when she rang back to say she was pregnant.

“I had been trying to keep it quiet until I hit the 12 week mark, but when Phoebe rang me with her news, I couldn’t hold the secret in any longer!

“My due date was the day before Sophie’s, and as soon as we found that out, everybody was joking we’d give birth on the same day.”

As their baby bumps grew bigger, the two sisters grew closer, sharing in every experience of pregnancy together.

Sophie Thomson, 31, pregnant with Nancie.
Phoebe Rose pregnant with Nellie.

This was Sophie’s third child but only Phoebe’s first, and having the comfort of a big sister knowing exactly what she was going through was a blessing.

Phoebe said: “My pregnancy wasn’t planned so I was really nervous and didn’t know what to expect over the next nine months.

“Thankfully, Sophie was there to hold my hand at every corner, and we even shared in the same symptoms at the same time!

“My baby would start kicking at the same time as Sophie’s, and it was incredible being able to share those special moments with each other.

“We both decided to find out the genders of our babies, and to learn we would be having two little girls who could grow up together just like we did was amazing.”

As their pregnancies drew to a close, Phoebe was admitted into hospital with high blood pressure and was eventually induced three days after her due date.

After a long 26 hour labour, Phoebe finally gave birth to a beautiful little girl called Nellie on 21st August 2015, but the drama wasn’t over yet.

Team Leader Sophie said: “I was three days past my due date, and I knew Phoebe had been called in to be induced, when I felt these movements in the early hours of the morning.

“I’d had two children before so I knew exactly what it was, but thought no it can’t be, Phoebe is in labour right now, surely I can’t be as well?”

Their sister connection proved to be stronger than ever as Sophie went into labour just moments after Phoebe had given birth.

Arriving at the same hospital, Sophie was immediately looked after by the very same midwife that had delivered Phoebe’s daughter.

(L-R) Sophie Thomson, 31, holding Nancie. =

Phoebe said: “I was cradling Nellie in the hospital bed, absolutely exhausted, when my midwife came back into the room and said Sophie had phoned to say she was in labour.

“I couldn’t believe it was actually happening.

“Moments later, she burst into the hospital room, leaning over in pain as the contractions took over her – I couldn’t believe it!

“Seeing her pained face as she went through each contraction made me really grateful that I’d given birth first as I think it would have really scared me to see her like that before!

“My mum was racing between the pair of us.”

Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Sophie’s daughter Nancie was born just six hours after Nellie, and the two sisters could finally relax.

The whole experience has brought the siblings closer together than ever before, so much so that they now only live four doors down from each other.

Nellie and Nancie are growing up to be thick as thieves, and love to celebrate their birthday together each year.

Sophie said: “I knew what to expect going into the pregnancy, but it was magical being able to do it all with my sister right by my side.

“We’ve always been close, but this whole experience has just brought us together in a way we never expected.

“Any time that either of us are going out for a family day, we always invite the other along – the girls are growing up so closely together and it’s so sweet to see them playing.

“When Phoebe went back to work, I looked after Nellie sometimes and I hope the girls continue to have their sleepovers way into their teens!”

Nancie (left) and Nancie (right) on a camping trip on their third birthday.

Nellie and Nancie turned four yesterday, and the two cousins celebrated together by going on a family trip to the zoo.

As summer comes to a close, Phoebe and Sophie are preparing their little girls to start school in September – and they’re even going into the same class.

Phoebe said: “I’m so happy they’ll be in class together, I’d love for them to go through their whole school journey side by side!

“It’s like they are sisters really – they bicker like siblings do, but at the end of the day, they are each other’s best friends.

“It was so magical, and watching our two gorgeous girls grow up together is the most wonderful experience in the world.”

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