November 17, 2013 |
The most comprehensive analysis of the health-care costs of multiple births is a real (sticker) shock. When the pregnant woman's prenatal care and the babies' care through the first year are included, a single birth costs $21,458, compared with $104,831 for twins and $407,199 for triplets or more, according to a new study of insurance claims in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. That means twins cost five times as much as single births, and higher multiples cost 19 times as much.
November 14, 2013 |
Several years ago, when discussing with a therapist my pain about my estranged two siblings - a brother and fraternal twin sister - he suggested I reach out to my nieces and nephews instead. "Just because your family dysfunction has caused your siblings to reject you doesn't mean the next generation will," he said. Hope infused the letter I wrote to my nieces and nephews - but I never mailed it. So it was a surprise when I heard from one of my nephews, unprompted. "You never know what's around the corner," my friend said enthusiastically when I told her about Adam reaching out. From birth, my twin and I were dealt a deck of cards with no set of hearts.
October 11, 2013 |
Rachel and Courtney Konowal don't just look alike. They sound alike, too. "This is Rachel speaking," the senior midfielder on the Plymouth Whitemarsh field hockey team said in a phone interview the other day. She was forced to clarify because her twin, Colonials forward Courtney Konowal, was standing next to her and also participating in the interview. Often, the twins shouted out answers to questions at the same time, or helped each other when only one had control of the phone. Teamwork, it appears, isn't limited to the hockey field when it comes to the Konowals.
September 26, 2013 |
Back when they were 10 and playing football for the Whitman Park Tigers, the Williams twins were told by their coaches to change positions. Khalif Williams switched from quarterback to wide receiver. Khalil Williams went from running back to quarterback. "The coaches said he had a better arm than me," Khalif Williams said. His reaction? "It was the truth," Khalif said. Such honesty is part of what Khalif Williams calls an "unbreakable" bond with his brother, who is younger by 11 minutes.
September 13, 2013 |
Collingswood field hockey coach Valerie Dayton has watched two sisters grow up through Collingswood's rec system. Dayton first coached them when they were sixth graders and has seen them develop into star athletes at the high school level. Krista and Shauna LaMaina, identical twins, have been starting together since their sophomore years. Now, they are co-captains for their senior season. "One isn't bigger than the other," Dayton said. "They definitely work together, and have been with a lot of these kids for a long time growing up in this area.
September 9, 2013 |
Boyertown coach Bill Goddard knows his girls' team doesn't play what he calls "fancy soccer. " No, the Bears might not run elaborate set pieces or use intricate footwork to beat their opponents, but the squad just has a blue- collar work ethic, Goddard said. Saturday at War Memorial Field in Bucks County, the Bears didn't need to be fancy to defeat Central Bucks West, 3-2, in overtime. They just needed Emily and Megan Diehl. The senior twins each scored for the Bears (1-0-1)
August 22, 2013 |
WELCOME TWO NEW DIVAS into the world. Rob and Remy Maaddi , the Sewell, N.J.-based stars of "Bridezillas," the spin-off "Bridezillas: Marriage Bootcamp" and their own upcoming "Remy & Rob" reality show on WEtv, are the new parents of two healthy baby girls, Alexia Bella (4 pounds 14 ounces and 18.25 inches) and Melina Livia (4 pounds 9 ounces and 18 inches). The twins were born at 6:24 p.m. Monday in Voorhees, N.J. "The girls were scheduled [via C-section] for tomorrow.
August 2, 2013 |
Markieff Morris slid his feet carefully around a folding chair. He received a pass inside the arc and focused on the basket. He rose for the shot. Swish. Morris made a few shots and sat on the baseline of a practice court at McGonigle Hall on Wednesday before Temple's first basketball team workout. He and his twin brother, Marcus, were preparing for the NBA season with strength coach Chuck Ellis. The Philadelphia natives and members of the Phoenix Suns usually work out with Ellis in the offseason, a habit they started after they left Kansas.
July 19, 2013 |
TO HEAR Fatima Akhmedov tell it, her twin brother Khusen wasn't drag racing when he hit and killed Samara Banks and three of her four young sons as they crossed Roosevelt Boulevard on Tuesday on their way home from a day of family fun. "This is just an accident, this was not meant to be," said Fatima Akhmedov, 22, speaking by phone from her parents' Lancaster home. "He was not racing. He was not even speeding. He was just driving. He swear to us, we believe him: 'Father, mom, I did not speed.
June 13, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - If you happened to be a Twins fans indecisive about whether to buy a ticket to Target Field last night, you probably would have not liked the pitching matchup that stared back at you in the morning paper. The first of three games between the Phillies and Twins pitted P.J. Walters against Cole Hamels. Walters, who replaced Vance Worley in the rotation when the former Phillie, and Minnesota Opening Day starter, was demoted last month, had a 5.69 ERA in 12 starts in 2012.