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Two Sets of Rare ‘Mono Mono’ Twins Born at Piedmont Newnan

Newnan, Ga (August 2, 2017) – Piedmont Newnan Hospital just welcomed two sets of rare identical twins, called “mono mono” twins, in less than a week.

Devanne Gant delivered the first set of baby girls, Ava and Asa, on July 25, via an emergency Caesarean section, after being hospitalized for two weeks leading up to the birth. The mom, who already has two girls, four and three, was excited to be given a second chance with twins, as she previously lost a twin during her first pregnancy.

“For the first few ultrasounds, one baby was hiding behind the other but weighed or measured differently each time. Then at 16 weeks, I heard their two heartbeats flutter and I knew I was having twins. I remembered my mom saying ‘no doesn’t always mean never’ and knew it was meant to be this time.”

Mom shares special moment with newborn daughter“Mono mono” twins, a rare kind of pregnancy that only happens about once in every 10,000 births, occurs when an embryo splits more than eight days after fertilization, and babies share the same amniotic sac and placenta. Due to the risk of cord entanglement, mothers of “mono mono” twins are usually hospitalized around 28 weeks and unless there are complications, doctors usually deliver them around 32 weeks, as the risk of entanglement increases as the babies develop.

“The girls are doing really well, off the respirator and taking breastmilk, which was a huge first milestone,” said Gant. “It’s a long journey but we just take everything one day at a time. I’ll still in shock that I have four beautiful girls under four.”

The next big milestone will be when Gant gets to hold her babies for the first time. Being born just shy of 30 weeks, they are under minimal stimulation, so for now, she visits them for their feedings and gets to hold each of the girl’s hands and talk to them. “Their eyes open and they kick or smile just hearing my voice,” says Gant.

The Floyd family welcomed the second set of rare twin girls, Lilli Rose and Emma Violet, on August 1, at 32-weeks gestation, weighing over three pounds each and measuring 16 inches long. Mom, Olga, who had been hospitalized for 26 days leading up to the birth, was surprised to find out she was having twins, since twins do not run in her family.

“The staff has been awesome throughout my entire stay,” said Floyd. “The hardest part was being away from my family. They visited every day and I set-up toys and games and tried to make it fun for them.”

The Floyds have a five-year old daughter and four-year old son who can’t wait to meet their new sisters and have their mom return home.

“The girls are doing great,” says mom. “I got to see them soon after delivery and held them today during feedings.”

Each set of twins will stay in Piedmont Newnan’s level III NICU until they reach the developmental milestones needed to go home.

To learn more about Piedmont Newnan’s maternity services, visit piedmont.org.

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