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At 58 Years Old, This Mom Managed To Stay Calm During Labor And Give Birth To Her Twins

After finding out she was pregnant at 58, Matilde Guadalupe Pantoja Cardenas gave birth to twin babies — and they’re both home and healthy.

Although it may come as a surprise, women much older than Pantoja Cardenas have previously given birth. According to CBS News, in 2016, a woman in India believed to be 72 years old became one of the oldest women to give birth.

Despite the difficulties that come with giving birth at an older age, Pantoja Cardenas stayed strong and gave birth to her twins — a baby boy and a baby girl. As noted by Fox News, Pantoja Cardenas was under observation for an entire month until it was time to go into labor. According to Milenio, Pantoja Cardenas gave birth to the twins after 33 weeks of pregnancy. The average pregnancy takes about 40 weeks. The twins, who were born premature, had to remain in intensive care for three weeks. During that time, the babies grew stronger and healthier each day.

With immense gratitude and relief, Pantoja Cardenas said to Milenio, “When I heard the babies cry loudly, a strong sense of joy hit me. Immediately, the pediatrician took them to the operating room to attend to them.”


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New Study Finds Black Newborns Are Three Times More Likely To Die Under The Care Of White Doctors

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New Study Finds Black Newborns Are Three Times More Likely To Die Under The Care Of White Doctors

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We all know that in the United States, Black lives are always under threat. Few know, however, that the threat against Black lives can start at a very young age.

A new study found that Black newborns born in the United States are three times more likely to survive their births when cared for by a Black doctor. On the other hand, Black newborns cared for by white physicians are three times more likely to die.

Horrifying, right?

Researchers found that Black infants are more likely to survive births led by Black doctors.

The death rate for Black infants is slashed nearly in half (39 and 58 percent) when a doctor who is Black leads the delivery.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a study that found that the mortality rate for white babies is not dependent on the race of a doctor. “Strikingly, these effects appear to manifest more strongly in more complicated cases, and when hospitals deliver more Black newborns,” the authors of the study wrote. “The findings suggest that Black physicians outperform their White colleagues when caring for Black newborns.”

Researchers behind the study examined data from 1.8 million Florida birth records from 1992 to 2015.

The researchers paired the births with the race of the doctors involved.

The study lines up with a 2019 report from the Centers for Disease Control that revealed that Black newborns are two times more likely to die before their first birthday than white babies.

Studies have found that the U.S. mortality rate for Black women giving birth is particularly high for a developed country. As of 2018, the mortality rate for Black pregnant women was 37.1 per 100,000 live births. That’s three times the rate of maternal deaths related to non-Hispanic white and Hispanic women.

Researches involved in the study, are now urging hospitals to analyze their racial biases and health practices.

“Taken with this work, it gives warrant for hospitals and other care organizations to invest in efforts to reduce such biases and explore their connection to institutional racism,” the researchers explained. “Reducing racial disparities in newborn mortality will also require raising awareness among physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators about the prevalence of racial and ethnic disparities.”

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These Twin Sisters Gave Birth To Babies Just One Day Apart From Each Other And It’s The Sweetest Thing

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These Twin Sisters Gave Birth To Babies Just One Day Apart From Each Other And It’s The Sweetest Thing

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Just when you thought identical twins couldn’t get any closer!

When “Total Bellas” stars Brie and Nikki Bella (twin sisters and WWE fighters) first announced that they were pregnant, no doubt their fans were delighted twofold! Now there’s even more room for excitement. The twin sisters, who star on the reality show “Total Bellas,” announced over the weekend that they each gave birth to baby boys.

Just one day apart from each other!

In a post to her Instagram page, Brie Bella was the first to share the news.

“It’s a BOY!!!” Brie wrote in a caption to her Instagram page, noting that her son was born on the first of August. “We are overwhelmed with joy and everyone is healthy!!!”

This is Brie’s second child with her husband Daniel Bryan.

Just a few hours later, Nikki Bella made a separate announcement revealing that she’d given birth just one day before.

Writing about her son’s birth, Nikki wrote “Our baby boy is here and we couldn’t be HAPPIER and more in LOVE! Everyone is safe and healthy.” She noted that her son was born just one day before her new nephew on August 31, 2020.

Before they delivered their two sons, the 36-year-old sisters posed for photos earlier this year celebrating their twinning motherhood.

“This pregnancy has been a special one. To experience this with my sister during a time of uncertainty and turmoil has been a blessing,” she wrote in a post back in July. “As Twins I kept wondering if our bodies were going to change the same or if we’d be different. It’s crazy how identical our pregnancies have become…from cravings to symptoms. We are coming to the end of our pregnancy and this will be one I’ll remember forever. Can’t wait to meet her little boy and I can’t wait to see what I’ll be having. This pregnancy started as a surprise and I’m happy to end it as one.”

In a separate post, Nikki Bella called her pregnancy an “incredible journey” despite current tough times. “I have embraced the changes of the human body, even though that can be tough at times. I have embraced the feeling of being uncomfortable knowing I am growing a life that will be one of my own,” she wrote. “I have already felt the lioness in me come out even more knowing that I am ready to protect, teach, love and guide. And to go through all of this with my twin sister? Goodness I would say I am one lucky woman that God knew my timing of becoming a mom was divine. Can’t wait to meet you little boy in 4 weeks.”

Throughout their pregnancies, the sisters were open to sharing their process with tons of beautiful pictures on their social media accounts.

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