An Ilkeston mum had double cause for celebration after becoming a mother and a new aunt on the same day.
Hellena Holland had been due to give birth four days apart from her sister Erica – but both of them delivered their children last Saturday.
Hellena, 26, gave birth to her first child Imogen Sophie less than seven hours after Erica’s third child baby Olivia Mae was delivered.
Speaking after coming home with their bundles of joy, the pair revealed their shock at finding each other on the labour ward at Royal Derby Hospital.
Erica, of Calvert Street, Derby, said: “I thought Hellena was going to be much later than me because it is her first child.
“I went in on Friday night and we were in one of the delivery suites.
“Then we saw Hellena and her partner Richard walk past on Saturday morning.”
Hellena added: “It will be great to be able to have Erica there to ask questions – and it will also be great for the girls when they are growing up to be so close in age.”
And the two proud dads are already thinking about the future too.
Hellena’s partner, Richard Dodsley, 27, who works at Advanced Roofing in Ilkeston, said: “It will be lovely for the girls being so close and being able to grow up together.
“It will make this Christmas more special. It is always better with kids around – it always makes it that much nicer and more exciting. We can really spoil them.”
Allan Perry, 30, Erica’s partner, said: “I reckon they are going to be a handful.
“They will be ganging up on everyone else.”
Imogen weighed in at a healthy 7lb 6oz while Olivia was five ounces heavier at 7lb 11oz.
Grandmother Dawn Holland, who is now a proud grandmother of 12 from her five children, described the family’s joy at the doulbe birth.
“People have been so shocked when I have told them,” she said.
“We knew they were going to be close but it is amazing.
“When Hellena was on the maternity ward, all the nurses were talking about them. They were all really surprised.
“I have never heard of it happening before.”