Simone and Shari Cumberbatch, two sisters from New York, both have impeccable timing. On July 3, Simone headed to Mercy Medical Centre in Rockville Centre, NY, to have a scheduled C-section. Little did she know, her sister, Shari, just so happened to go into labour at the same time, at the same hospital. But the biggest coincidence of all? July 3 was their father's 70th birthday.
"At first I was shocked. I said, 'Wow this is really happening?'" mom of two Simone Cumberbatch told Good Morning America. "When I realised it was real, I said, 'This is going to be a good thing.'"
After being induced, Shari gave birth her daughter, Hailey, at 12:57 p.m. A few hours later, Simone welcomed her daughter, Liberty, into the world at 5:30 p.m. And because the two sisters shared the same OB-GYN, Simone's C-section actually had to be pushed back so the doctor could tend to Shari first.
"The doctor said, 'We've got an issue. Your sister was induced, and I didn't expect her to go into labour until later, but she's eight centimeters dilated, and I'm going to have to take care of that,'" said Simone.
While both sisters were due in mid-July, Simone purposely scheduled her C-section on her father's birthday so he could share the day with his grandchild. Now, the whole family is busy celebrating, but Shari only has one goal in mind for the new babies: "I'm kind of hoping her cousin will be her best friend." Read ahead to get a look at the Cumberbatch sisters' full experience in delivering cousin-twins with their grandpa's birthdate.