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Twin Moms Double Their Fun

December 15, 2004|From Associated Press

ATLANTA — Two twin sisters are seeing double -- make that quadruple -- after delivering two sets of twin boys Tuesday.

Ashlee Spinks of Indianapolis and Andrea Springer of Conyers, Ga., both 21, delivered their boys by scheduled caesarean sections about an hour apart at Atlanta's Northside Hospital.

The women, who are fraternal twins, were six months pregnant when they learned that they were going to have twin boys due on the same date. Spinks came to Georgia several weeks ago to share the pregnancy with her sister, and Spinks' husband, Bert Means, flew into town Monday to join the birthing party.

They said twins run in the families of all four parents and they did not use fertility drugs to conceive the babies. Dr. Larry Matsumoto, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies, said the chances of twin sisters being pregnant with twin boys due on the same date are probably one in a million.

"It's a blessing," Springer said from her hospital bed. "It's hard enough for a lot of people to get pregnant, especially pregnant with twins."

Springer gave birth to identical twins weighing just over 4 pounds each. Spinks had fraternal twins weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

The women's doctor, James Dopson, said all four boys and their mothers were expected to be fine.

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