3 Sets of Twins in 5 Years: a Labor of Love
Parenthood rarely turns out like you planned. Andrea and Mark Rivas didn’t know if they’d ever be parents at all. But their story involves some of the most unexpected twists and happiest outcomes of all.
The Rivases turned to IVF after experiencing infertility and a miscarriage. And during their IVF journey, they befriended a couple in a similar situation, Sandi and Philip Palmisano. While Andrea and Mark welcomed twins Conor and Avery in 2012, the Palmisanos remained childless despite four IVF cycles.
Then, Andrea offered to help.
“I just kind of blurted out, ‘I’ll carry for you! I can do it,’” Andrea tells TODAY.
With Andrea serving as their gestational carrier, Sandi and Philip welcomed twins Emma Lee and Grayson in 2014.
The story doesn’t end there. Thinking their family was complete, Andrea and Mark bought a new home. They started renovations. And Andrea started feeling sick.
“It’s not common for me unless, I am pregnant,” she says. While her doctor had indicated pregnancy without the help of fertility treatments was impossible, a positive pregnancy test proved otherwise.
And at the first ultrasound, another surprise.
“[The technician] said ‘Oh the baby looks great! Just relax guys, there’s just one this time.’” Andrea says.
Nope! Twins again. Leah and Elyse arrived earlier this year.
“It’s nice to look back at everything we went through and see our family,” Andrea says. For these families, good things clearly come in pairs.