Samoa has been blessed with four sets of twins within the first week of 2022, all delivered at the maternity ward of the Motootua National hospital between the 2nd and 6th of January.
Two more mothers gave birth to twins on Monday 3rd January, delivered by emergency caesarean section. All four sets of twins were received by Registered Nurse and Senior Registered Midwife, Tiara Tuulua.
“I delivered Samoa’s firstborn twins just after 1am on Sunday morning, and our fourth set of twins were delivered without any complications last night, Thursday 7th Jan,” said RM Tuulua, “However, the other two moms also expecting twins were referred to be delivered by emergency c-section on Monday afternoon”.
“The two sets of twins delivered by c-section as well as their moms, recovered well and were all discharged within three days,” adds RM Tuulua.
Samoa Global News caught up with the proud parents of Samoa’s latest and fourth twins, born to Mrs Silafaga Rafaele, 29, and her Fijian husband, Aniniasi Rafaele.
Baby Mereseini Grace was born at 7:37pm weighting 2.6kg while her identical twin sister, Iraleilani Faith was born at 7:46pm weighting 2.8kg. The girls were 50cm in length.
“I delivered the first baby at 7.37pm and her sister came along at 7.46pm,” said RM Tuulua.
Mr Rafaele, 39, came to Samoa from Fiji to work for Return to Paradise Resort in Matautu Lefaga. He met his wife Silafaga, who also works at the resort. Aniniasi has since brought his parents from Fiji to live with them at Silafaga’s village of Savaia, Lefaga.
“I came in Samoa in 2016, and that is when I got to know my wife, but she was the one who kept following me.” Aniniasi says with affectionate banter towards Silafaga.
Silafaga praised God for the gift of her babies, and thanked RM Tuulua for the successful delivery of her twins on Thursday night.
“I thank God for His protection and for the strength. Even though it was hard for me, the birth was easy and our midwife was very professional”.
Proud father and husband also showed his appreciation for the gifts of identical twin girls.
“I would like to take this time to thank our Heavenly Father for his help upon me and my little family, I also thank my beautiful wife Silafaga for being strong and for the gift of our twins girls”.