Celine Dion Gives Birth to Healthy Twin Boys
After being hospitalized as a precaution, Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil are parents to a set of healthy twin boys, born on Saturday at St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Although born two weeks earlier than the average twin delivery, the boys appear healthy, announced Dion’s obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Ronald Ackerman.
Delivered by Cesarean section, one boy weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces and the other 5 pounds 4 ounces, announced the team of physicians. Babies born weighing less than 5 pounds 8 ounces (2500 grams) are considered low birth weight and are at an increased risk for health problems. About 67% of low birth weight babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Dion’s twins were born at 36 weeks.
Doctors state that both babies were breathing on their own, but will be kept in an incubator in the neonatal intensive care unit for the next few days. Low birth weight, premature babies are more likely to have underdeveloped lungs and breathing problems.
The boys, conceived via in-vitro fertilization, were fraternal twins, also known as “dizygotic”, which means they were two separate eggs fertilized by two separate sperm. Fraternal twins make up approximately 75% of the twin population and share up to 50% of their genes.
For more on Celine Dion's recent hospitalization, read "Celine Dion Hospitalized to Prevent Premature Birth of Twins"