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Twins give birth seven minutes apart
The identical sisters surprised, amused the hospital staff
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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: Samantha Simmons, holding her daughter Macie, and Brittany Brown, holding her son Keelan, are identical twins who gave birth seven minutes apart.

Monday, September 2, 2013

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Franklin County twin sisters have broken a record at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital by giving birth on the same day, seven minutes apart.

Identical twins, Brittany Brown of Rocky Mount and Samantha Simmons of Glade Hill, were surprised to learn from Roanoke Memorial that this phenomenon had not occurred at the hospital in 25 years.

Simmons announced her pregnancy in October of 2012, not knowing that Brown was also pregnant.

In December, Brown announced her pregnancy as well, and the sisters learned that their due dates were a day apart.

"My due date was July 29, and Samantha's was July 28," said Brown.

"I knew the dates would be close, but not that close," said Simmons.

Both sisters went through normal pregnancies with no complications other than physical therapy for Brown's back pain and an aspirin a day to keep Simmons' blood pressure under control.

"There were a lot of weird looks directed at us when we were out in public," said Brown.

"It's enough to look alike, but to have matching bellies really made us twins," said Simmons.

At 4 a.m. on July 19, Brown's water broke and her labor began.

"I called my mom and went to the hospital," said Brown.

Since it was 10 days before her due date, Brown said she never expected her sister to go into labor.

"My mom told me Brittany was in the hospital," said Simmons. "But, at around 3 p.m., I went into labor myself."

Simmons said she was at home when her labor started, so she went to the doctor to get checked out. Her doctor told her to go to the hospital.

With only a few hospital doors separating the twin sisters, Simmons said the doctors and nurses were surprised and a little amused.

"I thought, this is unbelievable," said Simmons. "We might actually have a race here."

The sisters had similar experiences during their labors.

The nurses had the same problems with both of the women's veins, which made it difficult getting their IVs started.

At one point, both sisters' labors stopped at the same time.

"Around 8 or 9 p.m., we were both started on Pitosin to get our labors restarted," said Brown. "We were both progressing at the same time at that point."

At about 10:30 p.m., the race was on.

"My doctor was cheering me on," said Simmons. "He was telling me to hurry or my sister would beat me."

Brown won the race, giving birth to her son, Keelan, at 10:51 p.m. Simmons gave birth to her daughter, Macie, at 10:58 p.m.

"We don't think the babies look alike," said Simmons.

"But, all four of us do have the same Zodiac sign," Brown added.

The women have not decided how to celebrate birthdays with their babies yet.

"We always had to share a birthday," said Brown. "I'm not sure I want the babies to experience that. I'm thinking they should have their own separate parties."

"Maybe we could do the first birthday party together," said Simmons.

Brown and her fiance, Kavin Pinto, have two other children, 2-year-old Liam and 18-month-old Kenley.

Simmons and her husband, Justin, have another son, Trevor, who is 4.

 
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