A set of Bostonian baby boys are living the dream of twins: Alexandre and Renaldo Antunes do not have to share a birthday.
These two don't even have to share a season. Ronaldo, born March 26, waited 24 days to follow brother Alexandre into the world.
Lindalva DaSilva went into labor at just 24 weeks, and doctors at Tufts Medical Center were unable to stop her contractions. Alexandre was born, weighing in at 1 pound, 10 ounces, and was rushed off to the neonatal intensive care unit. But then something strange happened — the contractions stopped, and DaSilva's dilated cervix closed back up.
Before delivery, Sabrina Craigo, MD, chief of maternal-fetal medicine at Tufts, suggested the possibility of a rare procedure called delayed delivery. It's only a possibility in fraternal twins since they do not share a placenta, and potential dangers include risk of infection. But the benefits of more time in the womb are great for twin number two, so DaSilva decided to push ahead (or in this case, actively not push). And those benefits were evident when Renaldo finally emerged at 3 pounds, 3 ounces.
Now, the boys are doing well, each weighing about 6 pounds.
“They’re my miracle babies,” DaSilva told ABC. “Ronaldo because he stayed inside, and Alexandre because he’s a survivor.”
Are you the parent of fraternal twins? How was your birth experience?