PUBLISHED: 09:43 EST, 28 July 2012 | UPDATED: 09:48 EST, 28 July 2012
Identical twin sisters Zaakira Mitchell and Shaakira White were happily surprised when they became pregnant weeks apart.
They were downright amazed when they gave birth on the same day just an hour apart.
The 20-year-old sisters from South Carolina were due to give birth three weeks apart but ended up both becoming mothers on July 24.
Twist of fate: Identical twin sisters Zaakira Mitchell, left, and Shaakira White gave birth on the same day, just an hour apart
Mitchell decided to be induced on July 24, two days before her due date, and arrived at the Columbia, South Carolina, hospital with her twin sister by her side for support.
White, whose due date was August 16, was scheduled for a check-up at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital that day and told doctors she’d been experiencing contractions.
Doctors then discovered that White was going into early labour and was already five to six centimeters dilated, according to the sisters’ physician, Dr David Ferguson.
Unexpected: Shaakira White and Zaakira Mitchell, both 20, did not plan on becoming pregnant just weeks apart
Adorable: Zaakira’s son Kadin, seen here fast asleep, will share a birthday with his cousins Landon and London
White was soon being prepared for a caesarean section.
‘The whole thing was very exciting. All of a sudden all this family who had been there for Zaakira were suddenly there for Shaakira as well,’ Dr. Ferguson told ABC news.
Just an hour after Mitchell gave birth to a boy, who she named Kadin, White gave birth to twins, Landon and London.
Dr.Ferguson said that as soon as Mitchell was stable after giving birth, his team turned their attention to preparing White.
Beside each other in hospital, the sisters spoke of their delight that their children will grow up together and share the same birthday.
‘She’s my best friend so for us to share this, it was really special and it was really emotional,’ Mitchell told WOLO.
Beaming: Shaakira White gave birth to twins just an hour after her twin sister had a little boy