- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa mother pregnant with a rare set of twins must spend six more weeks at the hospital before the babies are born.

KCCI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1DRxjZn ) Amanda Kuhl, of Ankeny, has already spent two weeks at Mercy Medical Center as she awaits her pregnancy’s 32-week mark. At that point, a Caesarean section will be performed to deliver her monoamniotic twins who are sharing the amniotic sac and placenta, but have separate umbilical cords.

Dr. Michael Cardwell, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, says such pregnancies happen in one out of every 35,000 cases. He says this type of pregnancy requires constant monitoring of the mother and the babies, particularly because the twins have a shared blood supply.

Kuhl says despite the stressful situation, she enjoys listening to her daughters’ heartbeats every day.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, https://www.kcci.com

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