Raising twins can be a real handful but raising two sets of twins? These two Australian families beat odds of 1 in 100,000 and managed to conceive two sets of twins with no artificial intervention! They feel fortunate but there are some who beg to differ.
Brisbane couple Simone and John Burstow welcomed their second set of identical twin girls, Evie and Georgia, in September 2016. This year, so did Sydney couple Sophia and Paule Brown, who named their second set Camilla and Madison, news.com.au reported.
The Burstows’ two sets of identical twins
The Browns’ two sets of identical twins
Both the Burstows’ and Browns’ twins were conceived naturally, with no medical intervention. Furthermore, when both couples found that they were expecting another set of twins, they were initially shocked but the feeling soon gave way to happiness of having a perfect family.
Sophia Brown with her identical twin boys
“We wanted to try for a girl and ended up getting two. We’re very excited. I think things will be easier this time around, because we are just more prepared and experienced,” Sophia Brown said.
“We’re pretty organized about it and we’ve learned from juggling the first two kids, so we’re not too worried,” she added.
The Browns’ “perfect family”
With no history of twins in the family, Simone Burstow told Kidspot she was “dumbstruck” when she knew she was carrying twins again.
“I thought something was wrong because my obstetrician’s face changed and he looked really shocked. I asked what was wrong and he found the second heartbeat, I was completely dumbstruck. I was laughing and crying at the same time, asking him how does this happen? Then I had to call my husband to tell him. He was really shocked too but so excited!” she said.
The Burstows’ “complete family”
She also added that the twins had given her a “complete” family.
“At this stage, I can’t see us having any more babies. We feel like the luckiest parents in the world to be blessed with four beautiful, healthy children and feel that our family is complete. Plus we are running out of room in our house and car,” she said.
Simone Burstow with her identical twin boys
Similarly, the Browns were happy to have their twins but many people who approached them made passive comments.
“Everyday we get so many comments … things like ‘I feel sorry for you’ or ‘I’d hate to be you’. It’s a bit offensive,” Sophia Brown told news.com.au.
“We just focus on the positive. We have healthy children. Some people say it’s their dream to have this and it really is our dream. So it’s nice to have the perfect family—two boys and two girls,” she added.