Identical twins defy odds by each giving birth to daughters on the same date THEY were born 

But who gets to blow out the candles on the birthday cake!

Twins Karen Taylor and Clare Bradwick, 32, were born on June 18, 1983. The sisters from Mountain Ash, Wales, also gave birth on the same date. Karen’s daughter, eight, and Clare’s newborn also have June 18 birthdays, A major coincidence one may say 

Identical twin sisters Karen Taylor and Clare Bradwick have defied the odds and both had children on their own birthday.

The twins, who turned 32 last Thursday, were born to Christine Bradwick, now 64, and her husband, Colin, now 65, on June 18, 1983.

The girls, who were always dressed in matching clothes when they were younger, remember having big family parties in the garden to celebrate the day they were born – and they now get to do the same with their own children.

Clare Bradwick and Karen Taylor with Karen's daughter Lois. They were all born on June 18. 

Clare Bradwick and Karen Taylor with Karen’s daughter Lois. They were all born on June 18.

Karen and Clare, from Mountain Ash, have always been close and live only one street apart, with Karen living next door to their parents.

They can now carry on their tradition of spending their birthday shopping and at the theatre, followed by a meal in Cardiff with their own daughters.

Karen gave birth to her first child on what was her 24th birthday, June 18, 2007 – her daughter Lois Taylor, was born weighing 8lb and is now eight years old.

And Clare has just given birth to her first child on Thursday, June 18, welcoming baby girl Betsi Bluebelle Lidster.

Clare with her newborn daughter Betsi, who was born last Thursday, which was also June 18 

Clare’s due date was on Wednesday, June 3, but she gave birth more than two weeks later.

Continuing the number eight theme, Jonathan Lidster, 26, Betsi’s dad, celebrated his birthday on Monday, June 8, and the couple were hoping the new arrival would be born on his birthday so he could be a part of a double-birthday celebration.

But never in her wildest dreams did Clare think her first-born child would arrive on her 32nd birthday.

Clare was taken to Prince Charles Hospital, in Merthyr Tydfil, when she was 12 days overdue, but was rushed to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, near Llantrisant, two days later, on Wednesday, June 17.

Clare and Karen on their 5th birthday in 1988 

Clare and Karen as newborn babies in 1983 

Her waters broke just before midnight that night, and after a 10-hour labour, she was given an emergency caesarean and Betsi was born at 9.39am on Thursday, June 18 – also weighing 8lb.

Now the family can get together every year to celebrate four birthdays, along with Karen’s husband, Alex Taylor, 31, and their son, Joseph, three, and Clare and Karen’s elder sister, Leanne, 39, who lives in Sheffield.

The sisters are happy they get to celebrate their special day together for years to come – but are surprised it has worked out this way.

Karen, who works for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, said: ‘We are really, really close and always celebrate our birthdays together.’

Karen with her daughter Lois
Lois with baby Betsi
 Karen with her daughter Lois, left, and Lois with baby Betsi, right

She said: ‘Clare had a bit of a rough ride and we really thought she would have gone before June 18. We had a joke that maybe she was holding out for our birthday.

‘Jonathan was hoping she would come on his birthday, but we couldn’t have planned it better. We are all really pleased.

‘Now we all get to spend our birthday with each other.’

New mum Clare said: ‘It was the best birthday gift I could have asked for.’


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