September 27, 1999
New statistics give legs to a phenomenon seen in American homes and schools everywhere nowadays--twins, triplets and other multiple-birth children are being born at a rapid and unprecedented pace. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, twin births rose 52% (from 68,339 to 104,137) from 1980 to 1997, the most recent year studied. Triplet-or-higher multiple births climbed 404% (from 1,337 to 6,737). Single births rose 6% during the same period.
December 21, 1998 |
Even as it strains the imagination, the extraordinary birth of eight babies to a 27-year-old woman in Houston not only poses a heavy challenge to the infants' doctors but also feeds into a larger social quandary about the extreme costs of high multiple births brought on by fertility drugs. Doctors on Sunday expressed wonder at what appeared to be the largest multiple birth in the United States, but they also emphasized that the tiny infants face an uncertain future.
May 25, 1985 |
Twice a year, the irrepressible Kienast family quintuplets were delivered to millions of American households in the pages of Good Housekeeping. The New Jersey quints took to the airwaves to show other youngsters how to run faster with Keds. Kodak posed the photogenic five on prime-time TV to show how good those multiple grins looked in Kodachrome. But then the free diaper service ran out. The TV contracts weren't renewed.
November 22, 1997 |
Here's the rundown on guests and topics for the weekend's public-affairs programs: Today "John McLaughlin's One on One": Iraq, 1:30 p.m. (28). "Evans & Novak": Nizar Hamdoon, Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations, 2:30 p.m., repeats Sunday 7 a.m. CNN. "Inside Politics Weekend": Former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, 3:30 p.m.; repeats midnight, CNN. "Capital Gang": Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), 4 p.m., 10:30 p.m. CNN. "Larry King Weekend": Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks Coffee Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1998 |
A room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange was packed with kids and moms Wednesday morning--but not in equal proportions. For every mother present, there were at least three children. The occasion: the hospital's 16th annual multiple-birth reunion. "It's just a lot of fun," said Valerie Orleans, the hospital's director of marketing and organizer of the event. The custom started in 1982, when five sets of triplets were born at the hospital. "That was such an incredible thing for us," Orleans said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1998 |
Were the babies the wrong color? How else to explain that the birth of white septuplets last year was widely celebrated as a "miracle" while what had been the world's only living octuplets have been treated, in the words of a Seattle Times editorial, as "a little like a practical joke." "The latest drug-induced litter of human pups is even larger than the Iowa septuplets, clocking a world record at eight," the editorial stated.