'Big twins' tip the scales
A North Carolina couple's new twins may be among the largest ever born. » Their
NC 'Big twins' tip scales at a combined 23 pounds
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - They aren't America's heaviest newborn twins on record,
but they certainly tip the scales: Sean William Maynard and Abigail Rose Maynard
weighed in at a combined 23 pounds and 1 ounce at birth this week, a North
Carolina hospital announced Friday.
Freda Springs, spokeswoman for Forsyth Medical Center, said the twins were
delivered two minutes apart by Caesarean section on Tuesday at the center's Sara
Lee Center for Women's Health in Winston-Salem.
The boy weighed 10 pounds, 14 ounces; the girl, 12 pounds, 3 ounces. Springs
said both babies are in excellent condition after their birth to parents Joey
and Erin Maynard of Winston-Salem.
The combined weight of the twins is about four pounds shy of the combined weight
of twins born in Arkansas in 1927, the hospital said. Those twins weighed a
total of 27 pounds, 12 ounces, hospital researchers said, adding they could find
no public record of any heavier twins than the Arkansas pair born since 1900.
They said the Maynard twins topped a 1997 delivery in North Carolina of big
twins weighing a total of 18 pounds, 10 ounces.
Sean, tucked in a blue blanket, was held by his mother and his sister, swaddled
in pink, was cradled by her father at a hospital news conference Friday. The
infants slept quietly through their first public appearance.