woman, 60, gives birth to twin boys
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[May 23, 2007]
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A 60-year-old woman
became a mother, twice over, when she delivered a pair of boys
Frieda Birnbaum gave birth to "Baby A" at 12:44
p.m. and "Baby B" a minute later by Caesarean section at Hackensack
University Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Nancy Radwin said.
The twins each weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces, she said.
"The mom is in recovery, and she and the babies
are doing really well," Radwin said, declining a request to speak
with the mother.
Hospital officials believe Birnbaum may be the
oldest woman to give birth to twins in the United States, Radwin
Birnbaum, a psychologist from Saddle River,
underwent in-vitro fertilization last year in Cape Town, South
Africa, at a center that specializes in older women. She and her
husband, Ken, a New York attorney, have been married for 38 years
and have three other children -- sons ages 6 and 33 and a daughter,
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Birnbaum told Fox News she wanted her younger
son to have siblings closer to his age and wanted to remove some of
the stigma attached to older women giving birth.
Coincidentally, Tuesday was the birthday of
twins born one year ago to a 59-year-old woman -- also to a New
Jersey woman. Lauren Cohen gave birth to Gregory and Giselle on May
22, 2006, at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia.
Cohen said Birnbaum contacted her after seeing
her name in a magazine and that the two quickly became friends.
"We talked about babies; I suggested things
that would be helpful when you try to feed two babies
simultaneously," Cohen said.
from file received from AP
Digital; article by Matthew Verrinder, Associated Press writer]