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Five sets of twins delivered in 20 hours

Giving birth to twins left five mothers both exhausted and exhilarated.

Going through the process five times in about 20 hours left staffers at a Palm Beach County hospital feeling about the same way.

Five sets of twins were born at St. Mary's Medical Center on Tuesday. All 10 babies _ six girls and four boys _ are healthy and doing well, said Don Chester, hospital associate administrator.

"We're toying with the idea of submitting it to Guinness to see what they will do," Chester said. "This hospital's been delivering babies since 1938 and I've been here 30 years and haven't heard of this before."

Typically, 11 babies are born in an average day at St. Mary's. The five sets of twins, born between 1:50 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., helped push Tuesday's total to 24.

"By nighttime it was standing room only in that nursery," said Kevin Grimes of Jensen Beach, whose wife, Shannon, gave birth to two boys, Casey and Brandon.

Another father, John Cleary of Palm Beach Gardens, agreed that things got a bit crowded. "They needed to hang a "no vacancy' sign on that nursery," said Cleary, whose wife Heather delivered a girl, Kate, and a boy, Max.

Nurses were able to handle the rush, although some described the scene as controlled chaos. Heather Cleary said the newborns were already getting their "15 minutes of fame."

_ Wire reports