In Alabama, a woman gave birth to twin boys, and then to rare twins. PHOTO

In Alabama, a woman gave birth to twin boys, and then to rare twins.  PHOTO

In the US, a woman gave birth to two pairs of identical twins in the last 3 years. Britney Alba from Alabama found out she was pregnant with twins about 6 months after giving birth to twin boys. On October 25, 2022, girls Linley and Lydia were born, according to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Center for Women and Infants. The story of this birth was also unusual because the woman gave birth to very rare twins, writes Live Science. Photo: Steve Wood/UAB Britney Alba and her husband Frankie first became parents to twin boys named Luka and Levi. Both fetuses were in a common placenta (the organ that connects the uterus to the umbilical cord), but each of them had its own amniotic sac (a thin sac of fluid that surrounds the fetus). According to Columbia University’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, twins with one placenta but two amniotic sacs occur at a frequency of approximately 3-4 per 1,000 live births. During such a pregnancy, one of the twins may receive more nutrients than the other. However, Luka and Levi were born without complications. Read also: Twins who were born at 6 months old and fell ill with pneumonia in the shelter were saved in “Okhmatdyt” Alba’s second twins – girls named Linley and Lydia – were born in October 2022. This pregnancy was even rarer because the twins had one placenta and one amniotic sac for two. They were so-called monoamniotic-monochorionic twins – “MoMo” babies are born to less than 1% of American women pregnant with twins. “Because they’re basically floating in the same bag, their umbilical cords can get tangled in a knot, and unfortunately the stillbirth rate is high for these twins,” says Dr. Rachel Sinkey. Because of the risks to the mother and the fetus, Alba was in the high-risk obstetrics unit with round-the-clock care from the 24th to the 28th week of pregnancy. At the 32nd week, the woman had a caesarean section. After the twins were born, they were in the neonatal unit, and on December 7 they were discharged home. “MoMo twins are rare, and sometimes both don’t survive. I think the team approach to treatment between the obstetricians, genetic counselors, nurses, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team at UAB went a long way toward achieving the result. From start to finish, Brittney and the girls gave against all odds,” Rachel added. Read also: New record: in the USA, children were born from embryos frozen 30 years ago. PHOTO

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