3 Sets of Twins in 5 Years: a Labor of Love

ByAnisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
Dec 2015
Hero Image
Photo: TODAY via A Natural Portrayal Photography

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.

Kate Winslet Gives Birth to a Baby Boy!

Kylie McConville
Published
12/11/2013

Kim Zolciak Gives Birth to Baby Boy!

Leah Rocketto
Published
08/16/2012

Eric and Emily Gunderson Welcome a Preemie Baby Boy

Kylie McConville
Published
03/13/2013

Gardner Quadruplet Surgery A Success

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
10/24/2014

Pregnant Model Walks New York Fashion Week Runway, Goes Into Labor Backstage

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
09/14/2018

Princess Claire and Prince Felix of Luxembourg Introduce New Baby Princess!

Ivy Jacobson
Associate Editor, The Knot
Published
06/19/2014

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green Welcome a Baby Boy!

Elena Donovan Mauer
Contributing Writer
Published
10/17/2012

Molly Sims Welcomes a Baby Girl

Catey Condit
Published
03/27/2015

Carrie Underwood Welcomes Baby Boy

Catey Condit
Published
03/03/2015

The Bachelorette's Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum Welcome First Baby!

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
10/01/2014

Woman Gives Birth in a Honda—And She Wants a New Car

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
05/17/2016