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The Twins Born In Different Years
Most of the time, twins begin life outside the womb within minutes of each other. Once one baby is born, the other usually follows within the half-hour. But twins are also more likely to be premature, and in some cases can actually be born days or months apart, says Dr. Joseph, who recalls one case in which the first twin, born in mid-October 1994, was 15 weeks premature and weighed less than 2 pounds; he spent 81 days in intensive care. The second was born 14 weeks later -- in 1995 -- at nearly 6 pounds, and was hearty enough to go home the next day.
"Most often what happens in these situations is that the first twin delivers naturally but early, but the second just won't come out. So you say to yourself, this one isn't coming and the other one is premature, so we'll buy some time for the second," says Dr. Joseph.
Not that waiting is easy: A woman who's had one twin has to be careful to avoid infection and bringing on labor for the second twin.
Still, the wait is probably worth it for the sake of both the baby's health and the family's pocketbook: In the case that Dr. Joseph cited, the first baby, born premature, ultimately ran up around $250,000 in hospital bills; his twin, born full-term, cost a scant $850.