Big Babies: Healthy Twins with Combined Weight of 23 lbs. 1 oz. Delivered
24-Jun-2008 9:00 AM EDT
Newswise — Winston-Salem, NC: Twins Sean William Maynard, 10 pounds, 14 ounces, and Abigail Rose Maynard, 12 pounds, 3 ounces, delivered at Forsyth Medical Center's Sara Lee Center for Women's Health on Tuesday, may claim the distinction as the heaviest set of twins ever born in North Carolina and possibly the second heaviest set born in the United States during the last century. The twins, born to Joey and Erin Maynard of Winston-Salem, were delivered via Cesarean section two minutes apart and are in excellent condition. Both mom and the twins were released from the hospital on Saturday.
"The babies measured about nine pounds each when we did an ultrasound two weeks ago, so we knew they were going to be big babies at delivery," says Dr. Jacquelyn Mims of Lyndhurst OB-GYN, the attending obstetrician. "Because over the course of her pregnancy the mother took excellent care of herself, staying on a healthy diet and closely following our instructions we were fairly confident she could deliver without complications."
Based on an Internet search, the heaviest combined twin weights were born to an Arkansas woman, on Feb. 20, 1924, totaling 27 pounds, 12 ounces. A set born in 1997 to a Wilson, N.C., couple weighed a combined total of 18 pounds, 10 ounces.
The Maynards also have a two-and-a-half-year-old son who was 10 pounds, 7 ounces at birth.
The Maynard twins are the most recent births at Forsyth Medical Center to establish a state record. The Brewer quintuplets were delivered at the hospital in 2004.
About Forsyth Medical CenterForsyth Medical Center is part of Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated group of hospitals and physician clinics, ranked as one of our nation's 10 best healthcare systems. Novant staff members care for patients and communities in North and South Carolina. The Novant Medical Group includes more than 1,000 providers in 232 clinic locations. Other Novant facilities and programs include two nursing homes, outpatient surgery and diagnostic centers, rehabilitation programs and community health outreach programs.