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Jimmy Swain, 6 , left, poses with his mother, Rosee Swain, 57, as she holds her newborn twins, Christian Kaczur Hart, blue blanket, and Diana Rose Angelina, pink blanket, at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.
updated 6/13/2005 5:03:45 PM ET 2005-06-13T21:03:45

A 57-year-old great-grandmother who gave birth to a set of twins last month said Thursday she danced with her husband only hours after the delivery.

“I was feeling absolutely great, almost like I hadn’t delivered,” Rosee Swain said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “It was just a good birth and I felt great and I was hungry. It went great.”

Christian Kaczur Hart and Diana Rose Angelina, conceived through in vitro fertilization, were born April 20 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham four weeks premature. Swain and her husband, Jay, brought the babies home to Fort Payne on Friday.

The couple, whose youngest child, Jimmy, is 6, said they did not want Jimmy to grow up as an only child.

'Women shouldn't give up hope'
“There are lots of options out there for older women like me,” Rosee Swain said. “And women shouldn’t give up hope without exploring all their options.”

In addition to the twins and Jimmy, the Swains have two grown children; two other children are deceased. They have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jay Swain told The Associated Press on Thursday that having the twins at home has been “very, very enjoyable, exciting. It’s like a renewal to do it all over again.”

Rosee Swain, a special education teacher, said she’s ready to care for the twins, who will likely graduate from high school when she is 75.

“Being a mother again at 57 isn’t for everyone, but we felt it was right for us,” she said.

But there will be no more new babies after this.

“Our kids have family names, and we’re out of family names, so this will be it,” she said on ABC.

Her husband added that more children could also become a financial burden.

“I would love to but I always worry about my wife’s health and financially, it can get rather pricey. We are not necessarily wealthy,” said Jay Swain, who works in the plumbing department at a Home Depot store. He wouldn’t specify his age but said he’s about his wife’s age.

In 1998, an Indiana woman gave birth to twin girls, also at age 57. And last November, a woman in New York City gave birth to twins just days before her 57th birthday.

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