A career woman who married her female best friend - before they fell pregnant "in tandem" using a £72 home insemination kit and a sperm donor found online - describes their babies as "almost twins," as they were born three days apart.
Inseparable after meeting at school in Venezuela, South America, Karina Rincon, 31, and Kelly Mesa, 32, then moved to the USA after graduating - living all around the vast country separately, before connecting in Miami, Florida, when they settled there in 2013.
Both successful biomedical engineers, until then they had only dated men, but after confessing their true feelings, they became a couple and married in September 2017, when their thoughts turned to starting a family.
Pictures of the week: June 28 - July 4
Pictures of the week: June 28 - July 4
Members of Scene Change at a photocall at the National Theatre, on the South Bank, in London, which has been wrapped in tape at the launch of the #MissingLiveTheatre campaign by UK theatre designers.
Construction workers build the Worthing Observation Wheel, a tourist attraction on Worthing seafront, Sussex, ahead of its expected opening on Monday 6th July as the UK continues to introduce measures to gradually bring the country out of the coronavirus lockdown.
Diners carry their own food platters from a serving hatch in family bubbles to test the UK's only purpose built pop-up socially distanced restaurant, split into separate dining pods with serving hatches under one marquee, the Anti Social Club, in Polzeath, Cornwall, where staff are training for dinner service in preparation ahead of reopening to guests when lifting of further lockdown restrictions in England comes into effect on Saturday.
Senior Verger Luke Marshall cleans socially distanced chairs at Chichester Cathedral in West Sussex, as they prepare to reopen for public worship on 5th July, as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 3: Members of the UNISON trade union (with purple placards) picket a transport and refuse depot during a strike at Tower Hamlets on July 3, 2020 in London, England. Workers at the depot (in yellow jackets), believed to be members of the GMB and UNITE trade unions who are involved in a separate dispute with the council, agree not to cross their picket line. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty Images)
The National Crime Agency and police take part in raid on a property in Birmingham on 26/06/20 in relation to an investigation on Encrochat, a military-grade encrypted communication system used by organised criminals trading in drugs and guns. Up to June 16, officers in the UK had arrested 307 suspects, of whom 69 had been charged, recovered 106 Encrochat devices and seized more than GBP 36 million and 916,000 euro (GBP 826,000) in cash.
Two shoppers shelter from the rain outside Harrods department store in London, Wednesday, July 1, 2020.Companies linked to hospitality and travel in Britain are shedding thousands of jobs as the longer term consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic take hold, choosing to slim down for survival rather than await potential government handouts. Even stalwarts such as British shopping icon Harrods reportedly drew plans for 700 cuts, blamed in part on a lack of tourists.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Dominic Cummings, the chief advisor to Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, chats to a police officer after moving his car in Downing Street, London, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Sebastian Beach ridden by Daryl Jacob wins the Brand Activation @signsolutions.org Handicap Hurdle at Southwell Racecourse.
A general view of a 'welcome back' sign in the window of a charity shop in Worthing, Sussex, as the UK continues to introduce measures to gradually bring the country out of the coronavirus lockdown.
West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko, center celebrates with teammate after scoring his sides third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the London Stadium stadium in London, Wednesday July 1, 2020. West Ham won the game 3-2. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: Emirates Stadium is decorated with fan's flags and banners before the Premier League game against Norwich City tomorrow, on June 30, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Tony Hudgell, who uses prosthetic legs, holds a trophy after taking the final steps in his fundraising walk in West Malling Kent, with mum, Paula and dad Mark. Five-year-old Tony has raised more than �1,000,000 for the Evelina London Children's Hospital, who have cared for him since he was four-months-old, by walking every day in June, covering a distance of 10 kilometres.
A projection onto the Houses of Parliament, London for School Strike for Climate Change, ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's major policy speech on Tuesday.
STANSTED, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 30: An empty self check-in desk at Stansted Airport on June 30, 2020 in Stansted, United Kingdom. Passengers travelling between the UK and some countries will no longer have to quarantine, under a new scheme to be announced by the government. The list of countries is expected to be announced later this week. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester United at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, southern England on June 30, 2020. (Photo by Mike Hewitt / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by MIKE HEWITT/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Alan Banks, the landlord of the Anchor Hotel in the town of Saltney, which is partly in Flintshire, North Wales, and partly in Cheshire, England. (Photo by Richard McCarthy/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley FC at Selhurst Park on June 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Rakesh Parmer weighs out sweets at Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe in Leicester as the city may be the first UK location to be subjected to a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases.
A worker for Leicester City Council disinfects public toilets in Leicester as the city may be the first UK location to be subjected to a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases.
THIRSK, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Esspeegee ridden by Ben Curtis competes in the Follow @thirskraces On Twitter Handicap at Thirsk Racecourse on June 29, 2020 in Thirsk, England. (Photo byHannah Ali/Pool via Getty Images)
Robin Dignall and Maria Demetriou-Clamp disinfect chairs at their hair salon Hair@1RD in Leicester as the city may be the first UK location to be subjected to a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases.
People take part at a Black Trans Lives Matter march from Hyde Park, London, on the day Pride in London was due to take place, following a raft of Black Lives Matter protests across the UK.
A woman sanitizes her hands as she walks through the city centre of Leicester, as the city�s spike in coronavirus cases has sparked a report that it may be the first UK location to be subjected to a district lockdown.
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past artwork in Leicester city centre, as the city�s spike in coronavirus cases has sparked a report that it may be the first UK location to be subjected to a district lockdown.
WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A runner passes a sign saying 'Our Lawns are resting this summer' at The All England Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2020 in Wimbledon, England. The Wimbledon Tennis Championships were due to start today, but were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
People with flags & flowers at the Black Trans Lives Matters' march in London.
Thousands of activists have marched through London in support of the Black Trans Lives Matter movement in place of Pride celebrations. (Photo by Dave Rushen / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Protesters marching with a banner saying, Justice for Shukri Abdi, during the demonstration.
Protesters came together to mark the first anniversary of the death of 12 yr. old, Shukri Abdi amid reports of bullying and police failings. It's been 12 months since the young girl's body was found in the river Irwell, Manchester and her family, who came to Greater Manchester from Somalia are still awaiting the results of an inquest into her death. (Photo by Kenny Brown / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Newcastle United Head Coach Steve Bruce speaks to Newcastle Club Media during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on June 28, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Saints players huddle during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Southampton FC at Vicarage Road on June 28, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
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Priced out of expensive IVF clinics, they bought a £72 home artificial insemination kit, before finding a sperm donor online and doubling their chances of having a baby by both trying - never thinking they would each fall pregnant on their first attempt.
Now living as a family of four in Los Angeles, California, after Kelly gave birth to baby Leo on July 7, 2019, and her wife to his sister Sophie just three days later, Karina said: "I'm really glad we didn't go into labour at the same time.
"That was a worry of ours, but thankfully, being three days apart meant that I could be there when Leo was born and Kelly could when Sophie was."