Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Not one but two sets of “mono-mono” twins, a rare phenomenon in which twins share an amniotic sac, has been born this month at an Ohio Hospital. The first set was actually born holding hands, as ABC News reports:
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Amanda Arnold, 24, gave birth to identical twin daughters Thursday at Akron General Hospital in Akron, Ohio. The girls were monoamniotic or “mono mono,” which means they shared an amniotic sac and placenta in the womb. Experts say the rare condition affects roughly one in 10,000 pregnancies.
“If they can hold hands too, that would be great.” Arnold told ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV before the birth, referring to the viral photo of monoamniotic twin girls born one week earlier at the same hospital. “I’m ready to meet them.”
Dr. John Stewart, director of maternal and fetal medicine at Akron General Hospital, said the chance of two sets of monoamniotic twins being born at the same hospital is “probably in the order of one in a million to one in ten million.”
It took doctors only 19 minutes to deliver the twins via cesarean section. (NewsNet5)
Stewart added that the rare twins are usually scheduled for delivery between 32 to 34 weeks to avoid complications like becoming entangled in each other’s’ umbilical cords.
“The babies can cut of their blood supply to each other,” Stewart told ABC News.
Arnold was hospitalized for five weeks before the delivery so that doctors could monitor the twins’ blood supply. She gave birth by C-section at 32 weeks.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Basketball legend Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette welcomed twin girls the couple has named Victoria and Ysabel, as PEOPLE.com reports:
His wife, Yvette Prieto Jordan, delivered identical twin daughters Victoria and Ysabel on Sunday, Feb. 9 in West Palm Beach, Fla., his rep confirms.
“Yvette and the babies are doing well and the family is overjoyed at their arrival,” spokeswoman Estee Portnoy says.
Jordan has three grown children — sons Jeffrey, 25, and Marcus, 23, as well as daughter Jasmine, 21, with ex-wife Juanita Vanoy, whom he divorced in 2006 after 17 years of marriage.
The couple announced the pregnancy only in late November, and they did not disclose that they were expecting twins.
Image: Michael Jordan, via landmarkmedia / Shutterstock.com
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Friday, January 17th, 2014
Chris Hemsworth, the movie star best known for his role as the superhero Thor in recent Marvel movies, is expecting twins with his wife, the actress Elsa Pataky. The couple, already parents to a 19-month-old girl, announced their pregnancy in November. More from PEOPLE.com on the news that Pataky is carrying twins:
The actors are expecting twins this spring, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
“It’s incredibly exciting,” Hemsworth, 30, told reporters Thursday as he announced the 86th annual Academy Award nominations.
The couple, who are already parents to daughter India Rose, 19 months, stepped out Sunday for the Golden Globes, showing off the baby belly for the first time.
Image: Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky, via Featureflash / Shutterstock.com
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Monday, October 21st, 2013
The number of women who become pregnant using donor eggs has risen in the last decade, although the number of healthy babies born on time and at a healthy weight remains less than ideal for that group. More from The Associated Press:
That ideal result occurred in about 1 out of 4 donor egg pregnancies in 2010, up from 19 percent a decade earlier, the study found.
Almost 56 percent resulted in a live birth in 2010, and though most of these were generally healthy babies, 37 percent were twins and many were born prematurely, at low birth weights. Less than 1 percent were triplets. Low birth weights are less than about 5½ pounds and babies born that small are at risk for complications including breathing problems, jaundice, feeding difficulties and eye problems.
For women who use in vitro fertilization and their own eggs, the live-birth rate varies by age and is highest — about 40 percent — among women younger than 35.
Women who use IVF with donor eggs are usually older and don’t have viable eggs of their own. Because the donor eggs are from young, healthy women, they have a good chance of success, generally regardless of the recipient’s age.
The average age of women using donor eggs was 41 in 2010 and donors were aged 28 on average; those didn’t change over 10 years.
The study, by researchers at Emory University and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was published online Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in Boston.
Image: Pregnant woman, via Shutterstock
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Friday, October 4th, 2013
A large new study of twin births in the U.S. has concluded that most are safe without requiring mothers to have Cesarean sections. More on the study from NBC News:
Studies increasingly are challenging long-held beliefs about Caesareans, such as that women who had one need to deliver future babies the same way.
Now doctors are looking hard at C-sections for twin births, which are on the rise because of infertility treatments. Twins have more risk for birth complications and some studies suggest C-sections lower that risk, but this had not been put to a rigorous test.
Dr. Jon Barrett of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, led a study in 25 countries of 2,800 women pregnant with twins. All of the first of the twins to be delivered were in good position for birth (most doctors still recommend a C-section if the first twin is in feet-first or breech position).
Half of the moms were scheduled to have C-sections and the rest, vaginal births. About 40 percent of the latter group wound up having C-sections, and 10 percent of those scheduled to have Caesareans ended up giving birth vaginally.
About 2 percent of newborns died or had a serious problem, but the manner of birth made no difference. Nor did it affect the rate of complications in moms.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research paid for the study. Results are in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.
Image: Twin babies, via Shutterstock
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