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Continued: Minnesota preemie births show a sudden increase

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 1, 2013 - 6:27 PM

Mira Vats-Fournier did a lot for her babies after learning that she would be at a high risk of preterm birth because she is diabetic and carrying twins. The Shoreview woman constantly monitored her blood sugar and kept regular appointments at the Mother Baby Center to make sure that she and her babies were healthy.

A vegetarian, she also increased the amount of ­protein she consumed — even though it revolted her husband when she ate peanut butter and salsa sandwiches. But she resisted other cravings.

“I craved salt a whole lot,” she said. “I have to admit it.”

Her twin girls, Kiran and Jaya, were born at 36 weeks on Monday. Everyone at the ­center wanted her pregnancy to last longer, Saul said, but the medical testing and prevention efforts resulted in a healthy mom and two healthy babies.

“Yeah, I kind of do a happy dance if 36 weeks is where we got and we had two healthy babies,” Saul said. “Sometimes that is the absolute best we can do.”

 

Jeremy Olson • 612-673-7744

 

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  • BUNDLES OF JOY: Twin girls were born prematurely Monday to Brian and Mira Vats-Fournier at the Mother Baby Center at a Minneapolis facility operated by Allina Health and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Minnesota’s preterm birthrate measurably increased in 2012, according to a new report.

  • Mira Vats-Fournier, 43, of Shoreview, who is diabetic, gave birth on Monday to twin girls at 36 weeks. Above, Brian Vats-Fournier fed daughter, Jaya, while mom held Kiran. Both babies are healthy.

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