Skin-to-skin contact creates bond with infant twins

Joe Medina (seated) holds his twin sons, Damian and Pedro, while surrounding by his family: wife, Marlene; 2-year-old daughter, Kaelani; and 4-year-old son, Joe Jr. PHOTO TOM BODUS

BRAWLEY — Tradition has it that Father’s Day was started in honor of a Civil War veteran, William Jackson Smart, by his daughter, Sonora. She and her five siblings had lost their mother and were being raised by a single father who Sonora felt should be honored for taking on the task of two parents. It took many years for the idea of a national holiday to gain traction, but in 1972, finally, it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon.

Joe Medina wasn’t born yet, and in fact only has 22 years under his belt, but he is father to four children: Joe Jr., 4; Kaelani, 2; and twins Pedro and Damian, born prematurely May 22.

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