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Mama Mia! Twins Have Two Different Dads

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Shocker! A Texas mother of twins finds out her 11-month-old boys do not have the same father. How could this happen? An OB/GYN fills us in.

twins with different dads

Mom Mia Washington noticed that her twins Justin and Jordan had different facial features, so she decided to get it checked out.

A paternity test revealed that two eggs had been fertilized by two different sperm and there was a 99.99% chance the twins had different dads, reports Sky News.

Mama Mia!

It turns out Washington had an affair, and got pregnant by two different men at the same time. "Out of all people in America and of all people in the world, it had to happen to me," she told myfoxdfw.com. "I'm very shocked."

How rare is this? We asked OB/GYN Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz to shed some light:

Twins with different fathers (also called "bi-paternal twinning") can happen in either assisted pregnancies (when fertility treatments are used) or unassisted pregnancies (when pregnancies happen without the use of fertility drugs or treatments).

Fraternal twins happen when two of mom's eggs are fertilized by two different sperm. Some people assume that fraternal twin fertilization occurs during one single act of sex. This doesn't have to be the case at all. One egg can be fertilized during one "encounter," and the second egg can be fertilized at a later time as a result of a subsequent "encounter." The length of time between fertilizing the eggs can actually involve more than one menstrual cycle. This means that if mom had sex with more than one person during the time she became pregnant with twins, the twins could have two different fathers. Identical twins, on the other hand, are the result of one egg fertilized by one sperm that then splits in half. Identical twins cannot have different fathers.

Twins with different fathers were once thought to be very rare. However, one recent study estimates that, worldwide, one in 12 fraternal twin sets are bi-paternal. (They even have a special name for it: Heteropaternal Superfecundation.) The study suggests cultural standards, surrogacy pregnancy and fertility procedures, Mom's sexual activity, and perhaps even prostitution accounts for this frequency. The study also suggests that among married white women in the U.S., one pair of fraternal twin sets in 400 is bi-paternal. Documented cases of twins with two different fathers go back as far as 1810 in the United States.

What do you think of the twins with two dads? Comment below!



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15 comments so far | Post a comment now
nicole May 19, 2009, 3:30 PM

This is similar to a storyline on one of my soap operas and I thought it was so ridiculous! I never knew this could actually happen. Poor girl! I know she was cheating, but still, what are the freakin’ odds?!

Shannon May 19, 2009, 5:54 PM

That’s what she gets for sleeping around with 2 different men. Those poor boys. They’re mama is a @#$!

jenny May 19, 2009, 9:54 PM

I thought that only happened with cats, shows what I know! lol

Nicole May 19, 2009, 10:36 PM

I read about something like this in a book called Sabbathday River.

sara May 20, 2009, 4:43 AM

that’s unbelievable

Lisa May 21, 2009, 12:49 AM

27 years after giving birth to a set of twins I was so blessed when I finally met them. However the girl looks like the one guy I slept with and the boy looks just like the other man I slept with. Mind you both men were one night stands. Momma always said it only takes one time honey.

Sannie May 22, 2009, 10:08 PM

That is what you get when you hoe around

Jess May 23, 2009, 8:11 AM

why did the article give the stats on WHITE WOMEN in the Us and not African American women? this mother was African American, the stats for White Women seem a little random..

MICHELLE May 28, 2009, 5:09 PM

IN THE WORLD OF FERTILITY ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!
SHE CAN GET TWO SEPERATE CHILD SUPPORT CHECKS NOW. INSTEAD OF ONE.
HOPEFULLY IT WILL GO TO THE KIDS!!

Jesmzdjm June 24, 2009, 11:47 PM

XoTyIh comment3 ,

Matthew N July 24, 2009, 2:26 PM

Blacks have the highest rate of twin pregnancy. There is nothing to celebrate about in this story. The woman should be spank for not utilizing contraceptive. Having multiple sexual partners in as such jeopardize and could have brought risk to the other fetus had any sexual diseases transpire. Being irresponsible as such should not be rewarded in any fashion. Just another example of proper representation for the black community!!!

Matthew July 24, 2009, 2:27 PM

Blacks have the highest rate of twin pregnancy. There is nothing to celebrate about in this story. The woman should be spank for not utilizing contraceptive. Having multiple sexual partners in as such jeopardize and could have brought risk to the other fetus had any sexual diseases transpire. Being irresponsible as such should not be rewarded in any fashion. Just another example of proper representation for the black community!!!

Chrissy December 28, 2009, 3:38 PM

A few years back there was a story of this nature about a German women who gave birth to a set of twine - one was white and one was black.
She was a prostitute and stated that she slept with the men like four hours apart.

Anonymous January 1, 2011, 10:42 AM

matthew,you are a racist pos,where do you get those facts. Oh i know from your evil ancestors. go crawl back in your hole

Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 2:40 PM

Great info. Good reading. I’ve got one opinion to submit about shirts.


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