Mom Gives Birth to Twins 8 Days Apart


baby footMost twins are born within such a short duration of each other that it's sometimes easy to forget which one of them is "older." But would you believe a mom from Bermuda actually gave birth to twins eight days apart? Yep. It's a phenomenon known as a "delayed interval birth."

Edonna Bean's pregnancy was progressing along normally, and then in her 18th week, one of the twins' amniotic sac ruptured. Doctors in Bermuda were fairly confident that the baby was not going to make it -- but there was no way Edonna and her husband Ryan were going to give up on their babies.

And that's when Edonna says something miraculous happened.

She explains, "Twin B, Esai, actually kept my uterus up enough to allow Emyr (Twin A) to still live as long as he did. He lasted eight weeks without amniotic fluid."

Edonna wound up being airlifted to a hospital in Nova Scotia that specializes in high-risk pregnancies, and on November 25, baby Emyr was born weighing only 1 pound 15 ounces. And then it took a full eight days for Esai to make his entrance, on December 3. He was a little bigger than his "older" bro -- weighing 2 pounds, 7 ounces.

And believe it or not, the twins are both doing well. This birth story is unique enough as it is -- but I just can't seem to get over the idea of the one twin saving his brother's life. I mean ... I know twins already have a bond with each other that no one can really understand without experiencing it -- but can you imagine how connected these two boys will be growing up? They'll be absolutely inseparable -- although something tells me Esai will love giving Emyr a hard time about how he took care of him in utero the way he did. (Brotherly love and all.)

These babies are definitely two tiny miracles. And it's just so wonderful that their parents are getting a happy ending out of a situation that once looked nothing short of hopeless.

Have you ever heard of delayed interval birth?


Image via Eric Lanning/Flickr

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Marri... MarriedMyPrince

This is absolutely a miracle from God that both babies were born alive so early. And there doing so well. I wish the best for this blessed family. Just reassure that God does exist.

mmtos... mmtosam06

I agree MarriedMyPrince

Baile... Bailey8307

I got chills when I read that the first baby survived for 8 days without amniotic fluid.. I don't even know how that's possible! I'm sure the bond between the twins was a powerful factor. God is so good and I pray he blesses these babies with health and happiness :)

nonmember avatar NoWay

Bailey8307 ... the baby actually survived 8 WEEKS without fluid ... an even more amazing feat! Bless this family! :)

April LaRocque

“I was 18 weeks and three days when the amniotic sac ruptured for Twin A [Emyr]. Fraternal twins have separate sacs,” said Ms Bean...“At that point he was considered too premature for survival,” said Ms Bean...Emyr was eventually born on November 25, at 26 weeks and one day, weighing 1lb 14oz and just over 12 inches long. It was a medical first for the Canadian facility.(

Angieleigh Eads

Wow, praise God...what tiny little miracle warriors they are! 

nonmember avatar sarah

My twins were born About 2 1/2 hours apart so they ended up with different birthdays! Not eight days apart but still pretty cool i think!

nonmember avatar Kati

Such a great story that they survived. My twin nieces were also born weeks apart, sadly neither survived.

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