Kentucky hospital has delivered 17 sets of twins this year

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Doctors at a Kentucky hospital can be forgiven for doing a double-take this year.

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Since January, 17 sets of twins have been born at Baptist Health Lexington.

“It’s kind of fun,” Tonia Reid, a doctor who has spent 11 years at the hospital, told WLEX. “When you admit a set of twins, you’re like, ‘It’s another one. I can’t believe we have another set of twins!’

We're known as the baby hospital and this year we've had a bumper crop of twins!

Posted by Baptist Health Lexington on Thursday, March 25, 2021

“We need some brightness in the world right now,” Reid said.

Births at Baptist Health Lexington have increased 3% since the year began, WTVQ reported.

“It’s a blessing for our staff to care for all of these tiny rays of hope for the future,” Bill Sisson, president of Baptist Health Lexington, told the television station.

The births have brought joy to parents and hospital workers. Amanda and Joshua Barker, of Morehead, welcomed their twins three weeks ago, WLEX reported.

“It seems like everybody, our family and just all of our friends and our church family, it’s just kind of brought everybody’s spirits up a little and I think that’s honestly the best thing ever right now,” Amanda Barker told the television station.

Twins are more likely to be born premature, and the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit has 32 private rooms, including ones specially designed to hold twins or triplets, Baptist Health Lexington officials said in a news release.