An incredible bond between identical twin sisters has reached new heights after they gave birth within hours of each other, at the same Melbourne hospital.

Gillianne Gogas and Nicole Patrikakos shared the same due date, but neither of them could have predicted that they’d give birth to their baby boys at Epworth Freemasons last week just five hours apart.

The 36-year-old sisters just as shocked as everyone else at the amazing coincidence.

“The timing, you just can’t plan something like that. So yeah, disbelief, shock, excitement, all of those emotions,” Gillianne told 9News.

Twins give birth on same day

Gillianne gave birth to her son Alexander at 1.20pm on August 22, and her sister Nicole’s little boy, William, arrived five hours later. And incredibly, the boys also had the exact same birth weight – 3.5kg.

“(We were) very close growing up. We have always done everything together so this is just another example of that,” Nicole said.

“We have always sort of done things in sync … and yet it is still quite unbelievable,” she said.

The little cousins were both delivered by the same obstetrician, Dr Joseph Sgroi, who says the births were a first for his medical team.

“It is not something that is common. It is not commonplace for even sisters to give birth on the same time or on the same day,” he said.


Interestingly, the cousins are actually closer to brothers, thanks to their identical twin mums.

“We know that they share 100 per cent of their DNA so these two boys, whilst they may be cousins they are actually more akin to brothers in terms of their gene pool,” Dr Sgroi explained.

We’ve previously featured identical twin sisters the USA who also gave birth just hours apart, at the same hospital … and their boys had identical measurements!

Amazing! Has your family had any incredible birth coincidences? Let us know in the comments below. 

(Images 9News)

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  • The wacky world of twins, I love it!!! The incredible bond between the twin sisters and their serendipitous shared experience of giving birth to baby boys just hours apart is simply extraordinary. Such amazing coincidences bring a special kind of joy and wonder to families.


  • It’s cute and lovely but those sisters are probably going to have birthday parties together until the boys are older. But I’m sure they’ll work it out.


  • That is amazing!! Can’t believe the timing!


  • Wow so ironic and hard to believe!!


  • How wonderful and amazing. Bet they will act more as brothers than cousins as well.


  • That is beautifully bizarre! I gave birth to my son on his cousins birthday, almost 7 years exactly!


  • This is so gorgeous


  • That is an incredible thing to happen. I’m so happy they both look so well. Congratulations to them both


  • Wow! That is absolutely amazing and awesome.


  • Aww that’s amazing. I’m sure those boys will share a very special bond too,


  • That’s crazy!! What were the odds of that happening.


  • What a lovely story.
    My sisters has 2 of her 3 kids born on the same day but 8 years apart and her twin niece and nephew were born on the same day 6 years apart from her daughter.


  • Wow what an amazing story to read.


  • Wow, stories of twins amazing connections always fascinate me

    • Yes it is intriguing ! My mum (who’s an identical twin) had once an accident and my aunt (who didn’t live that nearby) got totally unwell at the time of the accident and knew something was wrong with my mum


  • I love stories like this- how amazing!

    • Feel good stories are always so welcome and uplifting.


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