The delivery room nurses at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center thought they might be imagining things after a set of identical twins were recently admitted and delivered baby boys on the very same day.

The twins, Yael Yishai and Avital Segel, 31, both live in the Gush Etzion region south of Jerusalem and had the same due date – each for their fourth child.

Yael delivered her son first, followed several hours later by Avital.

“The nursing staff was so incredible. They shared our excitement and made sure that we were able to be in the same room in the maternity department,” Avital said.

Yael added, “Giving birth is always a special and moving experience but it’s even better when you can share it with a good friend who’s also your sister. It’s been fun sharing a room together with our new babies. In the past, we gave birth six weeks apart so this will now be the second time that we’ll be on maternity leave together.”

Shaare Zedek senior midwives Rina Dvir and Efrat Herling said, “Our motto in the delivery suites is that we’re committed to helping bring new life into the world, but there is no doubt that when we deliver sisters who are also identical twins that’s a whole different type of happiness and excitement.”

Remarkably, this isn’t the first time on record that identical twins delivered babies on the very same day at Shaare Zedek –the hospital witnessed a similar event back in April 1997.

These unidentified identical twins delivered babies on the same day in April 1997 at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Photo courtesy of SZMC

Shaare Zedek is Israel’s busiest maternity center, with over 22,000 births in 2021.