Identical Twin Nurses Help Deliver Identical Twin Sisters Together

Tori Howard and Tara Drinkard hold baby twins
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Tori Howard and Tara Drinkard, 26, knew they'd "cross paths eventually" in the delivery room one day. After all, both sisters, who are identical twins, work as neonatal nurses at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Georgia -- so the odds are pretty decent. But they had no idea just how special that first time would be. It finally happened September 25, when Howard, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, and Drinkard, a labor and delivery nurse, were both called to assist in the birth of Emma and Addison Williams -- who just so happened to be identical twin sisters themselves.

  • Howard told CNN that she knew she was going to be assisting the birth that morning, but her sister was only told 10 minutes before.

    "For every C-section that labor and delivery does, we have one NICU nurse that goes because C-sections are higher risk," Howard told Good Morning America.

    And it just so happened, Drinkard was chosen for the task that day.

    “It was so special to be in the twins’ delivery with Tori,” Drinkard said to USA Today. “We have always worked well together, even when we were little.”

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  • Still, it didn't really hit Howard just how special the moment truly was until later. 

    "I was excited to go to a delivery with my sister but it didn't really cross my mind -- we're twins and they're twins," she shared.

    But the babies' parents found the whole thing pretty cool. 

    "It was pretty neat because Tara took care of Becca in the labor and delivery room and Tori was taking care of Emma in the NICU," the girls' father, Brannan WIlliams, told GMA.

    The babies, who were born three minutes apart, were just released from the hospital Thursday.

  • In fact, the twins bonded so much with the girls' parents that day, the foursome still communicate nearly a month after the birth. 

    “[They] have become our friends,” Brannan told CNN. “I look forward to letting the girls know about this one day, and hopefully they’ll get to meet them and keep carrying this thing on.”