42-year-old superstar singer Céline Dion knows that a hit single is great, but two are even better. And that’s what she’s got on her hands now with the birth of healthy twin boys yesterday, finally realizing her dream of being a mother again after a long struggle to become pregnant.
Dion and the twins, who were born by cesarean section at 11:11 and 11:12 a.m. yesterday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, are all doing well and resting comfortably.
The boys are anything but titanic, with one weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces, and the other 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and both will spend a few days in an incubator since Dion gave birth to them prematurely.
Dion and her husband-manager, Rene Angelil, are already the parents of one son, 9-year-old Rene Charles. But Dion had long wanted to have more children, and, like with her first child, she had difficulty becoming pregnant. She has spoken openly about her struggles, undergoing several rounds of in-vitro fertilization.
Last year, after information leaked that she was pregnant, she confirmed the news, only to learn that the in vitro procedure was not successful. She had to issue a reversal weeks later.
In an interview earlier this year, Dion said she hoped that by publicly sharing her struggle, she could help others.
“If I help people through my voice, through my interviews, through what I go through, I do not want to change that at all,” she said. “I think it’s making a difference.”
The boys came a month early. Dion was due to deliver next month, but earlier this week, it was announced that she was hospitalized as a precaution to make sure she was near her doctors as she prepared to give birth.
Dion, a five-time Grammy winner who has sold tens of millions of albums, announced earlier this year that she would be returning to Las Vegas for a three-year run at Caesar’s Palace. She had a hugely successful five-year run in Las Vegas that ended in 2007.
Celine’s obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr. Ronald Ackerman released the following statement to US magazine:
“As coach and confidant for over 12 years for Celine and Rene, it is an honor and privilege to make this announcement on behalf of the Celine and Rene. At St. Mary’s Medical Center, at 11:11 and 11:12am, Celine gave birth to 2 healthy baby boys weighing 5lbs 10 ounces and 5 pounds 4 ounces.
The cesarian section was performed by the team and Dr. Ruel Stoessel, Celine’s obstetrician, and high risk doctor and obstetricians Dr. Steven Pliskow and Dr. Joshua Ackerman, my son. I would like to thank Dr. Stoessel, Celine’s high risk obstetrician who availed his high level of expertise to enable us to reach this joyous day. I would also like to thank Dr. Zev Rosenwaks for his tireless fertility treatments which afforded Celine and Rene with this opportunity, and to Dr. Pete Garcia, our pediatric physician who played an enormous role in her care.
It should be known worldwide that this team agrees that Celine and Rene are clearly one of the most caring and kind individuals that they have ever cared for. Today is not the end, but the beginning of 2 new lives.”
The 42-year-old new mom, husband René and their 9-year-old son, René-Charles, are all said to be thrilled.
“Céline is resting now and they plan to discuss what to name the boys when she wakes up,” the singer’s rep says.
Congratulations to the happy family! And as we await the names of the twins, let’s listen to Dion’s mega-hit “My Heart Will Go On.”