3 sets of twins born within 24 hours at Tenn. hospital

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It might have been one of the cutest days at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital as three sets of twins were born within a 24-hour period this week.

Hospital officials told News 2 that two sets were born on Tuesday and the third on Wednesday.

Mitsue Maxwell’s little babies, Michael and Mikayla, are just four days old. Michael was wearing his “A” hat with Mikayla in her “B,” so everyone will know who came first.

“Well since there’s not a history of twins in our family, my first thought was, ‘Oh, interesting,’” Maxwell told News 2.

Her mother and sister came to Nashville from Jamaica to help.

Maxwell said she also took a class at Saint Thomas on twins, but “since none of us have slept in two days, class doesn’t prepare you for that.”

Mitsue Maxwell with Michael and Mikayla (Photo: WKRN)
Mitsue Maxwell with Michael and Mikayla (Photo: WKRN)

New mom Latoya Powell knew twins were possibility, telling News 2 there are twins on both sides of her family.

Her little girls, Amaya Grace and Aleah Rose, were born a month early but have the weight of full-term babies.

“Amaya is 6 pounds 9 ounces and Aleah is 5 pounds 3 ounces, so somebody was being greedy,” Powell joked.

She told News 2 she is fortunate; she and the babies’ father are both from Nashville and will have lots of family help.

Latoya Powell with Amaya Grace and Aleah Rose (Photo: WKRN)
Latoya Powell with Amaya Grace and Aleah Rose (Photo: WKRN)

Amanda Rushing will be taking her twins, Smith Isaac and Ruby James, home to a two-and-a-half-year-old older sibling.

“She was born at 8:01 and he was born at 8:02,” Rushing said of the newborns.

Even with experience being a mother, she still needed to prepare for her twins.

“I connected with other moms of multiples. That’s been a really good source of information, just connecting with other moms,” Rushing added.

Amanda Rushing with Smith Isaac and Ruby James (Photo: WKRN)
Amanda Rushing with Smith Isaac and Ruby James (Photo: WKRN)

Officials with the hospital said it isn’t very common for three sets of twins to be born in such a time period.

And nurses said it’s amazing none of the babies ever had to visit the intensive care unit.

“[It] is a testament to the great prenatal care these moms had and how well they took care of themselves during the pregnancy,” said Nick Paranjape, manager of public relations.

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