Thursday, February 21st, 2013
A Texas mother gave birth to quadruplets — two sets of identical twins — in a single day earlier this month, something that only had a one-in-70-million chance of occurring. The Today Show has more on the couple, who conceived the quadruplets without any reproductive assistance:
They were born at 31 weeks by Cesarean section to Tressa [Molvanto], who is 36, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston says.
The couple had been trying for one brother or sister to keep their little boy Memphis, now 2 years old, company. At 10 weeks, they learned she was having twins. But when the couple went in for Tressa’s 12 week check-up, they learned she was carrying not two, but four babies.
“If I wasn’t already on the table lying down, I’m pretty sure I would have hit the floor,” Tressa told TODAY.
Manuel’s immediate reaction was jubilation.
“The first thing I said was ‘Home run!’ and then I started jumping up and down,” he said.
The Montalvo’s doctor says this delivery is a very rare event.
“The incidence of spontaneous quadruplets is somewhere of the order of 1 in 500,000,” said Dr. Brian Kirshon, a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine at Houston Perinatal Associates. “And then if you take two sets of identical twins in the quadruplet set, the incidence must be one in many, many millions. It’s an extremely rare occurence.”
Image: Quadruplets, via Shuttterstock
Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Aimee and Ashlee Nelson, 19-year-old identical twins from Akron, Ohio, welcomed the new year in remarkable fashion–by each giving birth to a baby within hours of the other on New Year’s Eve. From Cleveland’s FOX 8 News:
The twins say they were born just 15 seconds apart themselves, but learned about two days apart that they were both expecting.
Their due dates were five days apart in early January.
On Monday, the two sisters ended up at Summa Akron City Hospital.
Aimee, whose expected due date was January 6, got to the hospital at 3:30 a.m.
Ashlee, who was due on January 1, was still at home.
“My mom told me that she was here and when I got up to go to the bathroom, my water broke so I had to come in too,” said Ashlee.
At a little after noon, Aimee was the first to deliver, welcoming a 7lb, 2oz son named Donavyn Bratten into the world.
A little less than two hours later, it was Ashlee’s turn, giving birth to an 8lb, 12 oz girl named Aiden Dilts.
“We didn’t think it was going to be this close at all,” said Aimee, admitting that they hoped it would turn out this way.
“We tried getting induced together but they wouldn’t let us. That was like two weeks ago, but it happened anyway,” added Aimee.
“We’re best friends,” said Ashlee of herself and her sister, who adds “Now our babies are going to be best friends.”
Image: Two pregnant bellies, via Shutterstock
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Parents are often told by doctors that their children are identical twins when they are in fact fraternal, and vice versa, according to a new study by British researchers. The New York Times reports:
A 2004 survey among members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that 81 percent of doctors thought that twins who gestate with separate placentas are fraternal. In fact, 25 to 30 percent of identical twins have separate placentas and amniotic sacs.
In this new study, published Wednesday in the journal BJOG, researchers interviewed 1,302 parents of same-sex twins who had been told by health care professionals whether their children were fraternal or identical. Based on parental questionnaires and DNA analysis where available, the researchers classified 651 of the pairs as identical and 621 as fraternal. For 30 pairs, there was not enough information to decide.
They found that 191 couples — 14.7 percent — were misinformed about their babies, with 179 parents of identical twins mistakenly told that their twins were fraternal and 12 parents of fraternal twins told they were identical.
Image: Twin babies, via Shutterstock.