Twins Marli and Summa Crosbie smile for the camera just weeks after their birth. Picture: Jodie Andrews
TWICE the beauty and twice the cutie - these cherubs are just three weeks old and all smiles already.
Showered with love from their parents and four siblings, identical twins Marli and Summa Crosbie have plenty to be happy about. They're among the growing number of Australia's twins, triplets and other multiple births, whose ranks have swelled by almost 30 per cent in the past 20 years.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data released this week shows the number of multiple births rose to almost 4500 last year, with one in three taking place in NSW. The spike since the 1980s can be attributed partly to Aussie couples embracing IVF - a procedure that increases the likelihood of twins. The chances are much smaller for couples conceiving naturally but it's always a possibility - as Marli and Summa's mum Melanie Yuile, 28, can attest. "It was a total surprise because there are no twins on either side of the family," she said yesterday. Central Coast photographer Jodie Andrews, who captured the shot of the smiling sisters, said the image was "every photographer's dream". "Both babies smiling - I just wanted to share the joy with everyone," she said.