Twins born 87 days apart are to be entered into the Guinness World Records for the longest amount of time inbetween births.
Maria Jones-Elliot went into labour three months early with Amy, who weighed just 1lb 3oz; her sister Katie did not arrive for another 87 days.
Once she had given birth to Amy, Maria's contractions stopped and despite efforts to induce her the following day, Katie remained in the womb.
Maria was finally induced again at 36 weeks, giving birth to Katie, who weighed 5lb 10oz, after just over an hour.
Having just celebrated Amy's first birthday this weekend, mum Maria said:
The 34-year-old, who is also mother to Olivia, 14 and Jack, 11, was not able to see Amy until for the first four days after her birth.
She then had to wait nearly five weeks until she was able to hold her for the first time. She said:
Maria's labour was what she describes as "a rare, random thing", she said, "there's no explanation for it."
Second twin Katie will celebrate her first birthday on 27th August.