Twelve families will see double this holiday season after having recently welcomed twins at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.
The 12 sets of twins are thought to be the most at one time in the history of the hospital, according to a news release. All the babies, born five to 14 weeks early, are being treated in the neonatal intensive care unit of the hospital.
“We are very busy,” NICU nurse Kyla Anderson said. “We have 12 sets total, and it has been very, very busy. Lots of babies.”
Two of those new babies belong to Tyler and Jena Williams, who live more than an hour from Kansas City. For another 11 days, the family plans to be at Saint Luke’s until Jena’s original due date.
Any baby born under 36 weeks is going to the NICU at Saint Luke’s due to a higher risk of disease and other problems.
The Williamses said that a scary situation has become more manageable by the hospital’s nurses and employees.
Overall, the CDC said, twin births dropped by 4 percent between 2014 and 2018, but this is not the case in Missouri where they was a slight increase.
Anderson said many twin families were giving each other support. The March of Dimes nonprofit also offers classes to new multiple-birth families, giving them the opportunity to learn and connect together.
It’s a really special opportunity for the nurses, the families, everyone around here at Saint Luke’s to really embrace the challenge of having 12 sets of twins at one time.