Falkirk midwife has double take

Nurse Jackie Spence holds twins Lilly and Lacey with mum Emma Rae and her mum Pauline Fish
Nurse Jackie Spence holds twins Lilly and Lacey with mum Emma Rae and her mum Pauline Fish

Tiny twins were helped into the world by the same midwife who delivered their mum 21 years earlier.

Jackie Spence was on hand when Lilly and Lacey Rae arrived safely on January 17 – exactly as she was when mum Emma was born on January 2, 1991.

The tots were delivered 38 weeks into the pregnancy by planned Caesarean section – Lilly at 3.09 p.m. and her sister one minute later.

Jackie (50), who has been at the birth of hundreds of babies in her 25 years as a midwife, admits to crying tears of joy when the pair were born.

The experienced nurse couldn’t believe the coincidence when she spotted Emma and her own mum, Pauline Fish (44), in the maternity ward at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert.

She said: “Emma came out of her room and asked if I could get her TV to work. I went in and saw her mum and couldn’t believe that here was a baby I’d delivered having not one, but two of her own.”

Jackie, of Falkirk, who has two sons aged 23 and 15, is now the newborn screening manager at the hospital, carrying out hearing tests and paediatric checks on new arrivals, and normally isn’t involved in deliveries. But her colleagues in the labour suite thought she should be present

She added: “I was handed Lacey and it was very emotional. They are absolutely beautiful.”

The babies were healthy weights with Lilly 5lb 10oz and Lacey four ounces lighter.

Mum Emma, who lives in Falkirk, said: “It was a bit of a shock when I learned at my scan that it was going to be twins. I was happy but at the same time, scared.”

She now plans on being a full-time mum to her little daughters.

Emma and her babies were allowed home last Friday and plan on staying with her mum in Stenhousemuir until they are all settled into a routine.

Pauline, a support worker, already has two grandsons from elder daughter Lyndsey Rae (23). The proud gran said: “It will be a handful but the I’m sure Emma will manage and she’ll have lots of support. The main thing is she’s fine and the girls are just perfect.”

Every year in the UK around 12,500 sets of twins are born with more multiple births than ever before occurring.