Mom of 8 welcomes 3rd back-to-back pair of twins
It's a 12 person party for the Alarcons from Wallkill, New York!
Kimberly Alarcon, 37, and John Alarcon, 43, welcomed fraternal twins Kenzy and Kenzley to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York this week.
Kenzy and Kenzley are the Alarcons' third set of twins and will soon meet their eight older siblings.
PHOTO: According to Alarcon, Kenzy and Kenzley's names are inspired by their aunt Kizzy's name. (Courtesy of Kimberly Alarcon)
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The Alarcons are already parents to Brittney, 17, Sarah, 13, Hunter, 10, twins Zachary and Zoey, 6, and twins Oliver and Olivia, 4. They also care for their nephew King who is 3 years old.
"They call me 'the frequent flyer,'" Kimberly Alarcon told Good Morning America, laughing. “I have been coming to Westchester Medical for birth and delivery for 17 years. There is a baby every three years.”
Alarcon told GMA that she and her husband were surprised to learn last year that they were expecting multiples again.
"I took a home pregnancy test so I knew I was pregnant," Alarcon recalls. "We went to the doctor and it was triplets. Yes, they started out as triplets. And after that when she checked me and everything in the doctor's office and told us they were triplets, I went to the bathroom and that's when I lost one."
dr Angela Silber, the chief of maternal and fetal medicine at Westchester Medical Center, helped care for Alcaron and told GMA that such miscarriages happen sometimes.
"It's very unfortunate, but it happens in about 20% of triplet pregnancies," Silber said. "But she was lucky that the other two girls grew very well and everything went just right."
Alarcon said her miscarriage was difficult, but with medical attention and the love and support of her family, church and friends, she was able to recover from postpartum depression and overcome several challenges.
"It's been a roller coaster ride with this pregnancy," said the mother of ten. "I had high blood pressure, I fell, broke my ankle, had to have some oral surgeries that I couldn't even be put down for, so... it was just one thing, one blow at a time. Not only that, I can barely walk with this pregnancy because I've been carrying very poorly than I normally would."
Because one of the twin girls was breech, doctors recommended that Alarcon deliver by cesarean, and on Monday, Alarcon underwent her first cesarean.
“The twins are great. You are healthy. I couldn't ask for anything better," said Alarcon.
PHOTO: Nurses at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, tended to Kimberly Alarcon and her newborn twins, Kenzy and Kenzley. (WMCHealth)
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Silber said Alcaron's story really stands out.
"I've been doing this for 20 years and I'd say she's the first one I can remember," Silber told GMA. "It's very unique."
"Someone who has three pairs of twins in a row, that's very unusual," Silber continued. “The frequency of partnerships varies from country to country. In the United States, it's about one in 250, so if you calculate that would happen three times, the odds are very, very slim."
Alarcon himself comes from a large family and was inspired to name twins Kenzy and Kenzley after their sister Kizzy.
"My mother had 10 biological children and she adopted about eight other children, so it was a loving home," she said, adding that she was the youngest of the 10 biological children. "We were 18 and we all had friends. ... Our house would have up to 30 kids, and it would just run around and all.”
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