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Monday
Feb182013

Texas Mom Delivers Quadruplets: Two Sets of Identical Twins

Gina Sunseri/ABC News(HOUSTON) -- A Texas couple trying to give their son a little sibling gave him four brothers instead, beating the odds to deliver quadruplets — two sets of identical twin boys conceived at the same time.

Tressa Montalvo, 36, gave birth to quadruplets Ace, Blaine, Cash and Dylan on Valentine ’s Day, according to a statement from The Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston. Ace and Blaine shared one placenta, while Cash and Dylan shared another.

“We tried to stick to the A-B-C-D theme when naming them,” Montalvo said in the statement. “We didn’t expect it, we were trying for just one and we were blessed with four.”

Montalvo and her husband, Manuel Montalvo Jr., 43, thought they were having twins until their doctor detected a third fetal heartbeat. They were then referred to a maternal fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Brian Kirshon, who found a fourth heartbeat.

“We couldn’t have been more surprised when Dr. Kirshon told us we were having four babies and that they were two sets of twins,” Manuel Montalvo said in the statement. “We were trying for one little brother or sister for our two-and-a-half year old son, Memphis.”

Roughly two percent of all pregnancies result in one set of identical twins, when a fertilized egg splits into two embryos. The odds of having two sets at the same time? Pretty slim, according to Dr. James Grifo, director of the NYU Fertility Center.

“The chance of this outcome is approximately one in 10,000,” Grifo said of two embryos splitting after IVF. “This could also occur in a natural conception, but the chance of that is much [rarer].”

The Montalvos’ pregnancy was all natural, according to Tressa Montalvo.

“No fertility drugs were used. We planned the pregnancy — I guess we just succeeded a little too much!”

Because identical twins can share an amniotic sac and a placenta, they’re at risk for becoming tangled in each others’ umbilical cords and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome — a rare placental disease that results in one twin getting less blood than the other.

“Having multiples certainly adds risk to a pregnancy in and of itself,” said Dr. Kimberly Gesci, an obstetrician at UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. “One of the biggest risks is preterm delivery and growth restriction.”

The Montalvo brood was born by C-section at 31 weeks. The newborns weighed between 3 pounds, 15 ounces and 2 pounds, 15 ounces.

While extremely rare, delivering two sets of identical twins isn’t unheard of. In April, 2011, Miranda and Josh Crawford of Charlotte, N.C. gave birth to identical twin girls and identical twin boys after undergoing in-vitro fertilization. And in 2002, Christina Tetrick of Wichita, Kan. was pregnant with two sets of identical twin boys, just like the Montalvos.

But while the Montalvo house just got a lot more crowded, the mom and dad of five say they’re not done yet.

“We want a girl,” Manuel Montalvo said.

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Wednesday
Jan022013

Identical Twins in Ohio Give Birth Two Hours Apart

Courtesy Marcella Farson(AKRON, Ohio) -- Call it a post-Christmas miracle, or an early New Year’s blessing.

Identical twins Aimee and Ashlee Nelson, 19, of Akron, Ohio, gave birth Dec. 31 to sons about two hours apart at Summa Akron City Hospital.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Marcella Farson, the twins’ mother, told ABC News. “It’s wonderful. This is the best New Year’s that anyone could have ever given me. I think I’m still in shock.”

Ashlee’s due date was Jan. 1, Aimee’s Jan. 6.  But the young women ended up having two baby boys on the same day. Donavyn Scott Bratten was born first, with Aimee delivering around noon. Not long after, around 2 p.m., Ashlee gave birth to Aiden Lee Alan Dilts, the larger of the two boys.

“She [Aimee] actually started calling me at 8:30 Sunday evening and said, ‘Mommy, I’m having these feelings, I’ve never had these feelings before.’ And I didn’t hear from her again until 2:30 in the morning. But by 3:30, we were on the way to the hospital. Things moved quite rapidly,” Farson said.

Ashlee was still at home at this point and had no idea her twin sister, who was due after her, was already at the hospital going into labor.

“Then I got a text from Ashlee,” Farson said. “I let her know we were at the hospital with Aimee. Then she calls me back 20 minutes later saying, ‘I’m going to go back to bed,’ and about five minutes later she thought her water broke. I said, ‘Sweetheart, get up and come join us.’ She got there about 6:30, quarter ’til seven. It just progressed from there.”

The nurses were joking with Farson, saying she needed roller skates to bounce back and forth between the sisters’ rooms.

“I am so blessed they both wanted me there. Someone was looking down on me, allowing enough time on the two of them for me to be able to experience it with both of them. It just makes me well up thinking about it,” Farson said.

The dads, Matthew Bratten, 20, and Cody Dilts, 22, are doing well, also.

“The dads are holding up wonderful. I was able to step out and get the boys a good meal,” Farson said. “They’ve not left the hospital. The dads have been right by their side. I know both of them have stepped up to the plate. They’re all doing wonderful and I’m very proud of all of them.”

When asked what the best part of being a grandmother to the new baby boys was, Farson said, “It’s a great addition because I’ve got all girls. They already had presents under the tree and both had stockings. They have their first ‘Hot Wheels’ sets waiting for them.”

The boys and their mothers were released from the hospital Wednesday.

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