Mom Gives Birth to Identical Twins 3 Days Apart in Texas: ‘Very Rare’
In a rare event, a woman in Texas gave birth to one of his twin daughters while she was still pregnant with the other.
Carmen Martinez, now a mother of three, welcomed Gabriella (Gabby) Grace Hernandez on March 7 and Isabella Rose Hernandez on March 10 at the Hendrick Health Facility in Abilene, Texasa town in Taylor County.
“Gabby was the first born at 24 weeks and four days, and Bella was born at 25 weeks, exactly,” Martinez told Fox News Digital in a phone interview.
Martinez remembers showing signs of early labor a week before the baby girls were born, but she was able to delay the birth for a few days, so they could develop more.
Typical human pregnancies last about 40 weeks.
Gabriella Grace Hernandez was born on March 7, 2022 at Hendrick Health, a medical facility in Abilene, Texas. She was born premature at 24 weeks and four days. (Carmen Martinez)
“[My doctors] checked everything, and they were still there,” Martinez said.
“There was no kind of distress or anything. But they had their own separate placenta and their own separate sac, and it was just for baby A that it ruptured and not for baby B.”
Gabby was born weighing less than two pounds and had to be admitted to the hospital NICU.
Martinez said she was advised to delay the birth of her second baby to increase her chances of survival. She said she went into labor without painkillers, was very well monitored, and was given magnesium, which can help slow or stop labor contractions, according to March of Dimes. “I held Gabby for a week before delivering her naturally.”
Martinez, her boyfriend Johnny Hernandez and her 15-year-old son Ethan were shocked by the turn of events.
Carmen Martinez and Johnny Hernandez welcomed twins, Gabby and Bella, in March 2022; the girls were born on two different days. (Carmen Martinez)
“We didn’t call anyone immediately because we didn’t know what was going to happen,” Martinez told Fox News Digital.
“When we finally called our immediate family and sent a picture of Gabby, everyone was scared because all they saw was a picture of a baby – and they didn’t know what to ask,” a- she continued.
Family members Martinez and Hernandez were shocked to learn that Bella’s delivery was still in progress.
In the days leading up to Bella’s birth, Martinez said she could feel the baby move as she rested in her hospital bed.
“Bella was throwing her own party,” she recalled. “It’s kind of like she has the whole belly to herself and she’s having a good time.”
Carmen Martinez was able to hold her twin daughters, Gabby and Bella, after the younger twin was safely delivered on March 10, 2022 to Hendrick Health. (Carmen Martinez)
Bella was born on Hernandez’s 37th birthday at one pound and eight ounces.
Dr. James L. Tadvick, OB-GYN at Hendrick Health, helped deliver both babies.
“I’ve only seen this one other time in my career. It’s very rare“, Tadvick told Fox News Digital, in an email.
Both babies are receiving special care in Abilene while Martinez has returned home and resumed work in Winters, a town in Runnels County, Texas, about a 45-minute drive away.
Martinez said the separation had been difficult for her emotionally, as had the home preparation needed to accommodate two newborns in the family three months earlier – but she is grateful that her twins are doing better.
“Gabby and Bella had a 30% chance of surviving being so small and so early,” she said.
“They are almost three months old [old] now. They are fine. Gabby weighs four pounds, 11 ounces now, and Bella [is] four pounds, eight ounces. So that’s a big jump from a pound and a half at birth.”
Carmen Martinez and Johnny Hernandez weren’t sure if they should tell family and friends about the unusual birth of their twins. (Carmen Martinez)
The twins will be in the NICU “a little longer,” so they can “get stronger and develop their lungs,” Martinez said.
She added, “We’re just ready for them to come home.”
Martinez said she chose to wait a few months to share her story because she wanted to focus on the health of new babies.
mothers of twins contacted Martinez to ask about his experience.
She said she hoped her statement would help others while raising awareness of the possibility of delayed births with multiple pregnancies.
Earlier in the year another mum went viral for giving birth to twins born 15 minutes apart on New Years Day and ended up having birthdays in different years.
The hospital calculated that the birth had a one in two million chance.
Gabriella “Gabby” Grace Hernandez and Isabella “Bella” Rose Hernandez are identical twin girls from Texas who were born three days apart in March 2022, at Hendrick Health. (Carmen Martinez)
At the time of publication, data and calculations on the probability of giving birth to identical twins within three days were not readily available.
“Our doctors said there was a 30% chance they were identical,” Martinez told Fox News Digital.
“They ended up being identical.”
And with two March birthdays to think about for the twins, Martinez already has an elaborate plan for the future.
“We’ll celebrate their birthdays together while they’re young and they don’t understand. But, once they grow up and understand, they’ll want their own.” birthday parties their day,” the proud mom said.