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Massachusetts governor's newborn twins healthy

BOSTON (CNN) -- One of acting Gov. Jane Swift's new twins remains in a special care nursery Wednesday, but doctors expect no health problems with the newborn.

Swift gave birth by C-section Tuesday to healthy twin girls, hospital officials said. The first born, Lauren, experienced some minor breathing problems and was taken to a special care nursery for observation.

"They expect her to be in there for about a day or so just for some observation," said Swift's spokesman, Jason Kauppi. "She had some fluid in her lung, and they just want to wait for that to correct itself."

The infant's pediatrician told him that baby Lauren is "doing great," Kauppi said.

Dr. Leila Schueler, the governor's doctor, said Lauren Alma Hunt was born Tuesday at 9:11 p.m., weighing 6 pounds and measuring 17 inches. Her sister, Sarah Jane Hunt, was born at 9:12 p.m., weighing more than 5 pounds and measuring about 17 inches. Schueler said she believes the twins are fraternal, rather than identical.

Swift, whose original due date was June 15, entered Brigham and Women's Hospital last week after experiencing strong contractions. She has since carried out her duties as governor from her hospital bed.

Kauppi said the acting governor is still monitoring state affairs, but is doing the "bare minimum" now.

"She's going to do what new mothers do; she's going to fawn over her kids," Kauppi said. He said the only change in plans was a rescheduling of a governor's council meeting planned for Wednesday, which has now been moved to Friday.

Schueler said she expects Swift to stay in the hospital for five days.

She took office April 10, after President Bush appointed then-Gov. Paul Cellucci as ambassador to Canada. At the time, Swift was the lieutenant governor.

Swift, 36, is married to Chuck Hunt, a contractor by trade but stay-at-home dad for their 2-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. The family resides at Hunt's family farm in Williamstown.








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