Sunday, March 01, 2009

Woman with 2 wombs delivers twin daughters

A Michigan woman with two wombs has given birth to twin daughters - one from each uterus. Sarah Reinfelder's two healthy babies were delivered seven weeks premature on Thursday by Caesarean section at Marquette General Hospital in the Upper Peninsula.

The 21-year-old Sault Ste. Marie woman has a condition known as uterus didelphys, and doctors say such twin births are rare. The uteri are different sizes, with the larger twin born from the larger uterus.

Dr. Connie Hedmark and Dr. Breanna Pond first delivered Kaylin Joy, then Valerie Marie, the larger twin by 450g. Kaylin Joy weighed 1.78kg.

Neonatologist Julie Frei says she expects that the twins, who do not have fully developed lung function, likely will be hospitalized for three or four weeks.

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