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Massachusetts governor gives birth to twin girls

Dr. Leila Schueler announces the births  

BOSTON, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Acting Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift Tuesday gave birth by C-section to healthy twin girls, hospital officials said.

"She's fine, she's doing well," said Dr. Leila Schueler, the governor's doctor.

The doctor said Lauren Alma Hunt was born 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.

The first born, Lauren, experienced some minor breathing problems and was taken to a special care nursery for overnight observation, the doctor said.

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

Massachusetts governor, Jane Swift, doubles her pleasure by giving birth to twin girls.

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At a news conference, one reporter asked if Swift should take Wednesday off.

"I think that would be a wise idea," Schueler said.

Swift's spokesman, Jason 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.

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, rather than the governor's mansion.

In 1996, Glamour magazine listed Swift as one of "11 Women Who Could Change the Country."

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