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Rate of Twin Births Declines

Single deliveries are safer, so researchers welcome the drop

(Newser) - After three decades of increases, the US birth rate for twins has dropped. The steady rise had been attributable largely to the use of in vitro fertilization. Now, the 4% drop from 2014 to 2018 could be attributable to new reproductive technology that makes single births more likely, a report... More »

Man Has Stroke Hours After 70-Something Wife Has Twins

'It is all in the hands of God,' new dad had said just after girls were born

(Newser) - For years, Mangayamma Yaramati and her husband deeply longed to have children, but they were never able to conceive—and in their village in India's Andhra Pradesh state, that was a dark mark against them. "They would call me a childless lady," the septuagenarian tells the BBC... More »

They're Twins. With 77 Days Between Their Birthdays

Their Kazakh mother just learned of her double uterus

(Newser) - A mother in Kazakhstan is celebrating the birth of a son almost three months after his twin sister was delivered. The 77-day wait—10 days shy of the world record interval for twin births—isn't all that makes this one exceedingly rare, per Live Science . According to the country'... More »

A Year After Daughter's Death, New Joy for Bode, Morgan Miller

They're expecting identical twin boys after their little girl drowned

(Newser) - "We carry Emmy with us every day. ... Keeping her a part of our family has really made this journey a little bit easier for our family," says Morgan Miller more than a year after the drowning death of her 19-month-old daughter with husband Bode Miller. And now that... More »

Wife Pleads for Mercy for Husband After Twins' Hot-Car Deaths

Marissa Rodriguez: Husband Juan Rodriguez is 'great father,' babies' deaths a 'horrific accident'

(Newser) - The mother of the twin babies who died in a hot car in the Bronx on Friday says she's living her "absolute worst nightmare"—but she's sticking by her husband, calling the deaths of little Mariza and Phoenix a "horrific accident." "Though I... More »

He Went to Work for 8 Hours. He Left His Babies in the Car

1-year-old Phoenix and Mariza died as temps soared; dad says he forgot they were in car

(Newser) - A terrible story out of the Bronx, where twin babies have died after being left in a hot car. Juan Rodriguez, 39, has been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide after police say he left his infant son and daughter, said to be either 11 months or a year... More »

He Got Away With Assault— Because He's a Twin

Belgian court couldn't tell brothers apart in footage

(Newser) - There's clear evidence that one of two brothers punched a man in the nose outside a snack bar in Leuvan, Belgium—yet there will be no conviction. The reason: It was impossible for the court to tell the twins apart. One of the 28-year-old brothers actually confessed to throwing... More »

Women With Male Twins May End Up Paying a Price

They generally fare worse at school and at work, and testosterone in womb may play a role

(Newser) - Women with a twin brother don't do as well in school and earn less money than women with a twin sister, and a new study suggests testosterone is one reason. They're less likely to marry and have children, as well. Researchers see the natural exposure to their brother'... More »

Twins' First Steps Make International Headlines

Once-conjoined sisters Nima and Dawa return to Bhutan after separation surgery in Australia

(Newser) - Two formerly conjoined twin girls arrived home in Bhutan Thursday after being separated in an operation in Australia, sparking joy when their family saw them walking independently. Twenty-month-old Nima and Dawa returned to Bhutan after a 22-hour flight from Melbourne with their mother, four months after their operation, per the... More »

Second-Ever Case of Semi-Identical Twins Identified

They're the result of 2 sperm fertilizing an egg

(Newser) - There are identical twins, there are non-identical twins—and, in unbelievably rare cases, there are twins that fall somewhere between the two. The second case ever recorded of semi-identical, or sesquizygotic, twins was described in a recently released study published in the New England Journal of Medicine . The twins, born... More »

One Twin Was a US Citizen, One Wasn't—Until Now

Ethan and Aiden Dvash-Banks were conceived with donor eggs, sperm from different gay dads

(Newser) - A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the US government, which had only granted the status to his brother. The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan... More »

Pregnant Mom With Cancer to Public: 'You Can Save My Life'

Susie Rabaca, due with twins Dec. 6, needs 100% marrow match for aggressive leukemia

(Newser) - Susie Rabaca needs a "perfect" match. That's what the Southern California mother of three, who is pregnant with twins, is desperately seeking in her quest to find a bone marrow donor, People reports. Rabaca, who's due to give birth Dec. 6, has acute myeloid leukemia , an aggressive... More »

Twin Sister's Billboard: 'Find My Killer'

Jennifer Carrieri continues to seek justice

(Newser) - Killed more than 20 years ago, Jody LeCornu will soon rise above Baltimore County—on a billboard asking people to help find her killer, the Baltimore Sun reports. "I don't know that everybody watches the news or TV so I'm hoping it reaches someone who doesn't... More »

'We Do Things in Twos:' Twin Sisters Marrying Twin Brothers

Krissie and Kassie Bevier and Zack and Nick Lewan had first date, got engaged together

(Newser) - Two sets of 24-year-old identical twins had their first date together, became engaged at the same time, and are now preparing to tie the knot in Michigan this weekend. Identical twins Krissie and Kassie Bevier will marry Zack and Nick Lewan in Grass Lake on Aug. 3 and 4, the... More »

A Toddler Drowned in a Day Care Pool. Her Twin Just Died

Tragedy in Tennessee at unlicensed child-care facility

(Newser) - A Tennessee toddler drowned in a day care's swimming pool Friday, and now her twin brother has also succumbed to his injuries, per the Knoxville News Sentinel . The little boy, identified by People as Elijah Orejuela, died Sunday after two days on life support; his sister, Elyssa Orejuela, died... More »

Twin Sisters With High-Profile OCD Cases Found Dead

A suicide pact is suspected

(Newser) - Twin sisters, known for their debilitating symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder, have been found dead in Colorado in what police say was a possible suicide pact. Sara and Amanda Eldritch, 33, were found dead of gunshot wounds Friday in a vehicle near Canon City's Royal Gorge Bridge, some 130... More »

Being Born Unable to Breathe Isn't a Death Sentence Anymore

Tracing the advances of neonatal medicine through the story of Owen

(Newser) - When baby Owen was born in November, "he couldn't breathe." It wasn't a fleeting problem. Delivered at about 24 weeks and weighing just 1.4 pounds, the preemie had a rash of additional issues: He was at risk of developing sepsis, had a heart valve that... More »

Twins Shared a Liver Disease. Why Only One Was Saved

Mom blames shortage of organs, which forced the boys to get sicker before being put on list

(Newser) - Margi Coats knew her son was dying. "I stayed awake holding his hand all night with my heart pounding, waiting for him to take his last breath," she says of 18-year-old Nick's final hours. "It's the most frightening thing in the world for a mother.... More »

They Had the Same DNA. Then One Spent a Year in Space

A fascinating look at the case of identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly

(Newser) - NASA is pointing to the "stresses of space travel" as the factor behind a fascinating phenomenon involving the only pair of identical twin astronauts in history. Per Live Science , even though Scott and Mark Kelly once boasted the same DNA makeup, Scott's nearly yearlong trip on the International... More »

Inmate Reportedly Drugged His Twin to Escape Prison

Alexander Delgado Herrera was found more than a year after his escape

(Newser) - A prisoner is back in custody in Peru more than a year after an unconventional escape involving his twin brother, a move seemingly taken "straight from Arrested Development," per the Daily Beast . Alexander Delgado Herrera had been serving 16 years for child sex abuse and robbery when his... More »

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