Twins are a special type of siblings, and the bond between them is unique. While many twins are born within minutes or hours of each other, there are cases where the birth difference between twins can be quite long. The longest interval between the birth of twins is 90 days, in the case of Molly and Benjamin West, dizygotic (fraternal) twins born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA to parents Lesa and David West on 1 January and 30 March 1996.
The Wests were expecting their first child, and were surprised to find out that they were expecting twins. However, they were even more surprised when the first twin, Molly, was born on 1 January 1996, and the second twin, Benjamin, was born 90 days later on 30 March 1996.
The Wests were amazed that their twins had such a long birth difference, and the case was even reported in the Guinness Book of World Records. The doctors who delivered the twins were also surprised, as it is very rare for twins to have such a long birth difference.
The Wests believe that the long birth difference between their twins was due to the fact that Molly was a breach baby, and was delivered via C-section. This meant that the second twin, Benjamin, was not delivered until the C-section was completed.
The Wests are grateful that both of their twins were born healthy, despite the long birth difference. They believe that the long birth difference has actually helped to strengthen the bond between their twins, as they are now able to celebrate two separate birthdays.
The Wests’ case of the longest birth difference between twins is a unique one, and serves as a reminder that all pregnancies and births are different. While many twins are born within minutes or hours of each other, there are cases where the birth difference between twins can be quite long.