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Angeline and Marcus Griffiths welcomed their twins Molly and Jayden last Friday. They will join their two-year-old sister Penelope.
Angeline and Marcus Griffiths welcomed their twins Molly and Jayden last Friday. They will join their two-year-old sister Penelope.

Twins are tumbling into Geraldton in high numbers with two sets born this month and another three pairs due within six weeks.

Angeline and Marcus Griffiths welcomed their bundles of joy, Molly and Jayden last Friday at Geraldton Regional Hospital.

Ardie and Lisa Yonelie welcomed their first children, sons Zuhdie Ardie and Zuhrie Ardie on Monday.

The highest number of twins born in WA within a three-month period was 128 sets in the April-June quarter of 2009, recorded by the Midwives Notification System.

Standalone Mid West figures were not available.

Geraldton Medical Group obstetrician Dr Nikee Msuo said there must have been something in the water nine months ago in Geraldton.

“The usual incidence of twins is 1/80,” Dr Msuo said.

“All the twins were conceived naturally, around Christmas time last year.”

She said September was always a busy time, but she had never come across so many twins due so close together.

“We only have 24 babies booked in for that month,” Dr Msuo said.

“The incidence of twins you would expect at most one set, not five.”

Dr Msuo said the incidence of multiple pregnancies was increasing in Australia mainly due to increasing maternal age and assisted reproductive technologies, none of which played a part in these twins.

First-time mother to be Kara Beije said she and her partner were shocked when they discovered they were to be parents, especially when they were told they had twins.

“The question is often asked of us ‘what on earth was in the water 9 months ago?’” Ms Beije said.

Ms Beije said she was expecting her twins in about four weeks time and expected it to be highly likely she would share a ward with two other couples and their twins.

“It could mean for a busy time for us, them and the midwives, but I find that prospect almost comforting,” she said.

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