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Could you have a missing twin...or be someone else's?

A pair of twins.
A pair of twins.
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Stories of babies being switched at birth are typically confined to tabloids or fairy tales, but it is very real for identical twins Anna and Bella, who were separated after being born. In Dr. Nancy L. Segal’s book Someone Else’s Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth, she explores the accounts of Anna and Bella, who were reunited after twenty eight years apart. Segal, a twin herself and an expert in twin psychology, brings her own personal and scientific knowledge to Anna and Bella’s experience, as well as several other cases of twins and non-twins switched at birth. How does a twin’s presence or absence affect the other? Can a biological mother tell if a child is really her own? What are the legal ramifications of babies being switched in the hospital ward?


Dr. Nancy L. Segal, Ph.D., author of Someone Else’s Twin: The True Story of Babies Switched at Birth and professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Fullerton