The number of births at a suburban Chicago hospital has staff seeing double — literally.
At least 16 sets of twins have been born at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in the last month.
The hospital said eight sets of twins were born in the first week of April alone with another set expected to arrive soon. Within the last four weeks, eight other sets of twins were born in the hospital.
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Twenty-nine of those infants remain in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, hospital officials said.
Since the opening of Advocate Christ Medical Center's East Tower on Jan. 10, the hospital said twin births have been on the rise. Officials attribute the increasing number to the hospital's new birthing center.
"[The birthing center] provides a superior birthing experience that moms-to-be are flocking to," said hospital spokeswoman Holly Brenza.
She also cited the hospital's level III NICU, "the highest designation given by the state based on clinician care and facility capabilities."
So far this year, five sets of twins were born in January, 10 in February and 15 in March, Brenza said.