- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 26, 2005

FORT PAYNE, Ala. (AP) — A 57-year-old great-grandmother who gave birth to a set of twins last month said yesterday that she danced with her husband only hours after the delivery.

“I was feeling absolutely great, almost like I hadn’t delivered,” Rosee Swain said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She added: “It was just a good birth, and I felt great and I was hungry. It went great.”

Christian Kaczur Hart and Diana Rose Angelina, conceived through in vitro fertilization, were born April 20 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham four weeks premature. Mrs. Swain and her husband, Jay, brought the babies home to Fort Payne last week.

The couple said they did not want their son Jimmy, who is 6, to grow up as an only child.

“There are lots of options out there for older women like me,” Mrs. Swain said. “And women shouldn’t give up hope without exploring all their options.”

In addition to the twins and Jimmy, the Swains have two grown children; two other children are deceased. The couple have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Swain told the Associated Press yesterday that having the twins at home has been “very, very enjoyable, exciting. It’s like a renewal to do it all over again.”

Mrs. Swain, a special-education teacher, said she’s ready to care for the twins, who likely will graduate from high school when she is 75.

“Being a mother again at 57 isn’t for everyone, but we felt it was right for us,” she said.

But there will be no more new babies after this.

“Our kids have family names, and we’re out of family names, so this will be it,” Mrs. Swain said on ABC.

Her husband added that more children could become a financial burden.

“I would love to, but I always worry about my wife’s health, and financially, it can get rather pricey. We are not necessarily wealthy,” said Mr. Swain, who works in the plumbing department at a Home Depot store. He wouldn’t specify his age but said he is about his wife’s age.

In 1998, an Indiana woman gave birth to twin girls, also at age 57. And in November, a woman in New York City gave birth to twins just days before her 57th birthday.

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