Columbia — Zaakira Mitchell and Shaakira White always did things together as kids, but the twins never expected to give birth on the same day.
The little first cousins in their bellies had different ideas, much to their mothers’ surprise. Now the extended family has to plan for a triple birthday party every July 24.
“You can’t plan this stuff,” said Dr. David Ferguson, who delivered the babies at Palmetto Health Baptist in a span of 71 minutes.
Mitchell, who was born first 20 years ago, was due to give birth this week.
White originally was due Aug. 16, but the expected date was moved up to Aug. 2 when ultrasounds revealed that she was carrying twins. In the past few months, they had come together to appointments at Ferguson’s office.
With Mitchell past her due date, her doctor planned to induce labor Tuesday afternoon.
Then early Tuesday, they both went into labor.
“I was in shock,” White said. “I called my mom, and she said, ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! I knew it.’?”
The emotions on an already emotional day were multiplied.
“When she found out, she came rolling into my room,” Mitchell said. “She was just crying and crying, so I started crying too.”
The revised plan called for Mitchell to give birth first, since the Caesarean arrival of White’s twins would be more complicated. But as the 6:30 p.m. schedule for White’s procedure neared, Mitchell’s baby still hadn’t arrived.
“She was trying to push, but she wasn’t really pushing,” White joked Wednesday from her hospital bed.
“Yes I was!” said Mitchell, who was sitting in a recliner beside her sister.
Kadin Zaakai Mitchell arrived at 6:37 p.m. London Elise Boyd entered the world at 7:47 p.m., followed a minute later by Landon Elijah Boyd.
Proud fathers Michael Mitchell and Frederick Boyd communicated via text message from the different rooms throughout the procedures.
“I was giving him tips,” Michael Mitchell said.
“It’s crazy to think it worked out this way,” Ferguson said.
“They’re going to have fun together, just like we did,” White said.
“I can’t wait to see what it’s like for them to grow up together,” Mitchell said.