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January 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman pregnant with sextuplets has given birth to the five remaining babies more than a week after delivering the first, a hospital official in Grand Rapids said. The four boys and two girls were three months premature. Amy Van Houten delivered four babies Friday and one Saturday morning, Spectrum Hospital spokesman Bruce Rossman said. All were in critical condition and no more than 2 pounds, 1 ounce.
December 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
The average age at which American women are having their first child has climbed to an all-time high of 25.1, the government said Wednesday. The rise reflects a drop in teen births and an increase in the number of women who are putting off motherhood until their 30s and 40s. The age of first-time American mothers has increased steadily during the last three decades, from an average of 21.4 in 1970. The latest figure, for 2002, was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
January 24, 2003 | J.A. Adande
No need to wait until Sunday. I'm about to give you the Super Bowl MVP. Most Valuable Parent. When Tampa Bay Buccaneer cornerback Ronde Barber takes the field, that will mean both of Geraldine Barber's twin sons have played in the Super Bowl; running back Tiki Barber played for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV two years ago. Two Super Bowl starters from one egg. Two men reaching the peak of their profession thanks to one mom so proud she can't even describe it.
December 17, 2002 | Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
The formerly conjoined twins who were separated in a marathon operation at UCLA will probably not return home to Guatemala in time for Christmas, hospital officials said Monday. The 16-month-old twins, Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Quiej Alvarez, have had their return date pushed back several times since the operation in August to separate them at the skull.
October 28, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The conjoined twins separated in a 22-hour operation in August have been expected to fly home to Guatemala on Tuesday, but their departure has been delayed. Dr. Henry Kawamoto Jr., the lead plastic surgeon for the girls, found that the skin graft on the head of one of them had not healed properly, officials said.
October 13, 2002 | Stephanie Chavez, Times Staff Writer
If Ada Menjivar had been late for her doctor appointment, if the doctor had been running way behind schedule, if the ultrasound machine had been tied up -- as it often is -- then her newborn twin girls would probably not be alive today, White Memorial Medical Center officials said Saturday. But the timing was just right for the 30-year-old woman carrying 28-week-old twins, her first pregnancy. In less than two hours Friday afternoon, Dr.
September 28, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
The formerly conjoined twins from Guatemala are both improving, and one of them, Maria de Jesus Quiej Alvarez, has been moved from intensive care to a regular room, doctors at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital said Friday. The 14-month-old also was upgraded to good condition, and while her sister, Maria Teresa, remains in intensive care, her condition has been upgraded to fair.
In this tiny impoverished hamlet on Guatemala's lush south coast, dozens of villagers are singing, clapping and praising the Lord for the successful surgery that separated twin baby girls joined at the head. As a church band plays and three preachers take turns celebrating the word of God, people are hugging, holding hands and gathering around the family of the "Maritas"--the little Marias--born to a young banana packer and his wife.
September 8, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
After nearly two months in the newborn intensive care unit, most of the septuplets born to a Saudi Arabian couple are gaining strength and weight, and some could leave the hospital this month, Georgetown University Hospital officials said Friday. Three of the seven have been upgraded to fair condition and moved to the unit's "step-down" ward, where the babies do not need as much monitoring.
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