Twins have two dads

The latest paternity case of a New Jersey woman is still attrackting international attention: a DNA test revealed that a set of twins have different dads, relieving one dad of child support payments for the second baby.

A New Jersey woman told the Board of Social Services that a man she had a relationship with was the father of her twins, who, therefore, should pay child support.  The Board ordered the man to undertake a DNA paternity test. The test result confirmed he certainly was the father of one twin, but the other twin is not his.

After the results were made known on 4 May, 2015, the judges ruled in favour of the woman seeking support from the father of one of her twins.

The woman herself confessed that she had slept with another man a week after she was apparently impregnated by her boyfriend.

She will now receive $28 every week for one of her twin daughtersfrom her former boyfriend.

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May 23 rd, 2015

Rare occurrence

The result of this medical rarity is known as ‘superfecondation’ in which sperm of two different partners fertilize two eggs from the same menstrual cycle.

Such occurrences are rare- as rare as one in a million. However, some studies have shown that 1 to 2 percent of all fraternal twins have different dads but it’s not always reported.

According to a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Columbia University, every month a woman’s ovary releases one egg that can be fertilised by one sperm. In this case, a pair of eggs emerged. Sperm can remain alive in the reproductive tract for five days. A woman, therefore, can have sex with two different men within those five days and the sperm just kind of ‘hang out’ there waiting for the egg to be released

Amazingly, it is also possible for a woman who has already been impregnated, to fall pregnant again weeks or even months after the first impregnation if she continues to ovulate after she has become pregnant. This process is called superfoetation.

In 2009, Julia Grovenburg from Arkansas conceived another child while already two and a half weeks pregnant. Julia delivered healthy babies through Caesarean section on 2 December, 2009 when she reportedly became one of the 11 women to conceive while already pregnant.

“It’s common ­knowledge and ­written down in ­medical books that you can’t get ­pregnant while ­already pregnant," Julia said.

“But ­somehow, ­after years of trying to conceive, I became ­the exception to the rule – getting pregnant twice in two weeks.”










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