Pregnant Celine Dion hospitalized as precaution

Mon Oct 18, 2010 1:10pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pregnant Canadian singer Celine Dion has been hospitalized in Florida as a precaution to prevent the premature birth of her twins, hospital officials said on Monday.

Dion, 42, was admitted on the recommendation of her doctors "to prevent the early delivery of her babies which is the standard of care for any patient with twin pregnancy in this clinical setting," St Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach Florida said in a statement.

The Grammy-winning singer of hits like "My Heart Will Go On", has a nine-year-old son with her husband and manager Rene Angelil. The twin boys she is expecting in November are the result of a sixth in-vitro fertilization attempt, according to media reports.

The Florida hospital also denied some media reports that claimed Dion had scheduled a caesarean section delivery for October 22, handpicked her nursing staff and asked for rooms for her security team.

"At no time did Ms. Dion or her husband make any special demands or requests of the hospital. She is not scheduled at any predetermined date for her delivery. She has not requested or selected any particular staff or accommodations not available to other patients," the statement said.

Dion, one of the top-earning musicians in the world, is due to return to Las Vegas in March 2011 for a three-year concert residency at Caesar's Palace hotel and casino.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Canadian singer Celine Dion performs on stage at the Stade de Geneve in Geneva July 9, 2008. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</p>