THE BABIES — Doctors delivered four sets of twins in less than 24 hours this week at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, an occurrence that hospital staff described as unusual, even for Baltimore County's busiest birthing center.
The babies - four boys and four girls - arrived at the Towson hospital over 19 hours Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, hospital officials said.
The series of births began when Dr. Onkar N. Singh delivered the first set of twins, two girls, at 8:40 p.m. and 8:42 p.m. Wednesday. Dr. Ginny Merryman delivered the next three sets of twins.
Two boys arrived Wednesday at 10:31 p.m. and 11:26 p.m. Another two boys were born less than nine hours later, at 8:05 a.m. and 8:06 a.m. Thursday. (The parents of those boys also have twin girls.) The last set of twins, girls, arrived that afternoon, at 3:33 p.m. and 3:34 p.m.
The four sets of twins arrived after a set of triplets - one girl and two boys - were delivered Tuesday.
GBMC delivers about 4,500 babies each year - an average of more than 12 a day - making it the busiest labor and delivery unit in Baltimore County and among the top four in Maryland, according to the hospital.