Twins X 2 in national spotlight on Katie Couric's talkshow

Misty and Brian Baker have 2 sets of twins

NEW YORK - A former Indiana couple whose miraculous journey from infertility to two sets of twins gained national attention shared their story with Katie Couric on Wednesday.

Misty and Brian Baker, formerly of Kokomo who now live in Seattle, have two sets of nearly-8-month-old twins after battling infertility for a decade.

IMAGES: Twins X 2 on "Katie"

Then Misty's best friend, Amber Pluckebaum, also of Indiana, offered to be a gestational surrogate, and shortly after she was implanted with Misty and Brian's embryos, she became pregnant with their twins.

At the same time, Misty gave in vitro fertilization one more try, and she also became pregnant with twins as well.

The two sets of twins, born 2,000 miles and 35 hours apart, were finally united in June.

"After the journey taking so long, we were so looking forward to one or two or however many we could get," Brian Baker told Couric in an interview Wednesday. "The shock came after they were born and we realized how much work it would be to take care of all of them."

The Bakers, along with Pluckebaum and babies Connor, Hope, Madison and Victoria, appeared on a special episode of "Katie" focused on multiples.

"It's amazing. It's more than we could ever have dreamed," Misty Baker said. "One of the even more amazing things about our story is it was actually Amber who offered because she had gone through a couple of pregnancy loses before she was able to have her first daughter. She knew the feeling of what it was like to have empty arms."

Pluckebaum, who has two children, 5 and 7, with her husband Brian, said she feels blessed to have been part of her best friend's story.

"When I did this, I didn't ask for any money. It was something we did out of pure friendship," she said. "We were so close before, and we couldn't imagine being any closer. But somehow it happened through all of this, and we're even closer."

RTV6's Ericka Flye, who has followed the Bakers' story from the beginning, will be with the family as they sightsee in New York City this week. She will have another special report with the family Thursday.

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