July 14, 2006 in Nation/World

Three years after triplets, mom gives birth to four

Francisca Ortega Associated Press
 
Associated Press photo

Dr. Kathryn Shaw holds the two boys and two girls born to Angela Magdaleno, at the White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The quadruplets were born July 6 at the center.
(Full-size photo)

LOS ANGELES – After delivering triplets three years ago, Angela Magdaleno thought she was done having babies. She was wrong four times over.

Magdaleno gave birth to quadruplets on July 6 by Caesarean section. She now has 10 children.

The latest additions – two girls and two boys – were doing well Wednesday, while their mother, resting at home, said: “I’m happy because they’re healthy and so am I.”

Still, Magdaleno, 40, worried she might be overwhelmed with the work and sometimes struggles with mixed emotions about the future.

“I don’t know if I’m sad or happy,” she said. “I’m happy, but I don’t know. I don’t know how to explain it.”

Three years ago, Magdaleno gave birth to the triplets after undergoing in vitro fertilization. She said her husband wanted many children. After their birth, she thought she was done having babies.

Then she got pregnant with the quadruplets. Magdaleno said she was shocked at the news.

“She wanted to run,” said her husband, Afredo Anzaldo, 45, who installs carpet for a living.

Her doctor, Kathryn Shaw, a high-risk pregnancy specialist, said Magdaleno did well during the pregnancy and developed no complications.

The babies were born at 32 weeks – well beyond the 29-week average for quadruplets. At birth, the girls were 4 pounds and 17 and 17.5 inches long; the boys about 3.5 pounds and 16 inches long.

Shaw said the odds of conceiving quadruplets without fertility drugs are about one in 800,000.

Even more rare, the boys appear to be identical twins, according to their doctor, Soha Idriss, who expects the babies will join their mother at home in about eight weeks.

As of Wednesday, their parents were still deciding what to name them.

When the quadruplets come home, Magdaleno will have help from two older daughters. Another daughter, 19, lives elsewhere.

The 11 family members will be living in a one-bedroom apartment in East Los Angeles. She said the living room is large, but she isn’t sure what the family will do when the babies get bigger.

© Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email