Saint Luke’s East Hospital at Lee’s Summit, Missouri just got famous as the hospital where six sets of twins were delivered over the last one month. That is more than two times the normal rate of twins getting delivered. Some early and some unexpected deliveries have caused the unusual surge in the rate of twins, who are all hale and hearty, being delivered.
‘This is the first time we’ve ever had this many sets of twins in our hospital at the same time,’ Brenda Cornell, a clinical nurse manager for the hospital, told ABC News.
Ms Cornell noted that hospital’s new twins whose ages now range from 3 to 30 days were all delivered in one month, between December 15th and January 12th by coincidence — and none of them were borne out of infertility treatments.
The National Center for Health Statistics has observed that the number of twin births has been on the rise. Before 1980, one in 50 babies born was a twin, amounting to about 2per cent of births but today, the twins account for one in 30 babies, or 3.5per cent of births.
This has been attributed to the fact that the age at which women are now giving birth has risen and older women are more likely to give birth to more than one child at a time. A Dutch study had earlier explained that older moms are more prone to producing multiple eggs in a cycle, thereby increasing their chances of giving birth to twins.
In this Dutch research, which was carried out over 500 women, scientists looked at their and observed that 105 women had multiple ovarian follicular development. Of those 105, only five were under the age of 30, 45 were aged between 30 and 35 and 55 were aged over 35.
‘In effect, Mother Nature is doing what we deliberately strive for with IVF when we use injections of FSH to produce several follicles in one cycle,’ Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director of Midland Fertility Services, told the BBC.
All the twelve babies born at this hospital meanwhile (nine girls and three boys) are in good health. All moms carrying twins in the community, after hearing the news, want to go to this hospital to welcome their tiny bundles of joy into this world.