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An unusual twin baby boom is happening, after 8 sets born in Waco

Twins in Waco
Posted at 7:23 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 08:23:38-04

WACO, TX — Doctors are seeing double at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest after delivering 8 sets of twins since January.

According to the CDC, twin births have actually been on a decline between 2014 and 2018, dropping by 4% each year.

Even though there's been a decline there's been an unusual amount of twins born in Central Texas.

"You're having twins!" Those words are not something you usually expect hearing when pregnant. 8 mom's heard those three words in a three month period.

It's an exciting, scary and challenging time to not only raise one baby but raising two is something else. 2nd and 3rd-time mom, Angela Jiminez, was not prepared for her babies Luke and Jaxon.

"Twins are great but they weren't even a thought in my mind, I was just like let's try we're going to have one baby it's going to be great," Jimenez said.

Raising babies in a pandemic is even harder. Alondra Rodriguez is already a mom to 4 girls and little did she know she would be welcoming Dariela and Daliana Mendez by the end of March.

"We were not ready at all after everything started going on with the Coronavirus we had technically nothing," Rodriguez said.

1st-time mom, Patty Champman gave birth to her twin girls, Jennie and Effie, on the same day as Rodriguez. As the pandemic and shutdowns were just happening, Chapman appreciates the precautions the hospital took.

"There was even a time where I wasn't able to go up to see the babies because I had a symptom during the screening at the door," Chapman said.

Although there were moments Rodriguez was not prepared for. One of her twins had to stay in the NICU and when they wanted to see her, he couldn't go up with her husband because only one parent was allowed in the NICU at a time.

All 8 sets of babes and their moms are now all home and healthy. Melissa Bourgeois already was raising one kid and she says raising taking care of two babies, Mia and Ella, is work.

"When they cry at the same time it's like exponential and I would have to agree the diapers are insane," Bourgeois said.

No matter how many dirty diapers they had to change all the moms agree, they wouldn't change it for the world.

"I need both of them now so no there's no other way it had to be this way," Jimenez said.