MDA team delivers twins - before father arrives

New mother in shock after going into active labor in a matter of minutes; babies healthy and well.

Reut Hadar ,

Mendy Cohen and Manny Sheetrit, MDA medics
Mendy Cohen and Manny Sheetrit, MDA medics
Magen David Adom

At 10:32 pm Monday, Magen David Adom (MDA) received a call about a woman giving birth at home in Beitar Illit. An MDA ambulance rushed to the scene. 

However, even with the arrival of the first medic, Mendy Cohen - who lives in an adjacent building to the mother - it turned out that the 27-year-old woman was already in active labor and giving birth to twins at the site. A few minutes after Mendy arrived, a baby boy arrived into the world, weighing 2.067 kg (4 lbs. 9 oz.).

Senior medics Manny Sheetrit and Moshe Benita arrived moments later, just in time for the second birth - a baby girl weighing 2.097 kg (4 lbs. 10 oz.).  

The process went by so quickly that the babies' father only managed to arrive home just after both births.

The team completed the delivery process at the home, cut the umbilical cords, wrapped the babies and took the twins and their mother to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Cohen had delivered more than 30 babies for MDA, but this is the first time he witnessed the birth of twins. 

"There was so much happiness and excitement," he said. "It was a wonderful and unique feeling." 

"I felt huge sense of fulfillment and the adrenaline kept flowing all night," Sheetrit added. "Outside the room were family, [including her] grandmother, grandfather and uncles [...] we reassured them and told them that everything was fine, that there is no cause for concern and that the mother is in good hands." 

New mother Shira Dayan "is still in shock," she told reporters. 

The new father, Yisrael, described how she "called me and told me to come home fast." 

"By the time I got home, the babies were already on the bed," he said. "We were all in shock. MDA did a great job and I can't believe [the birth] is already over."