Mother, 26, ʙᴇᴀᴛs 200 Million To One Odds To Give Birth To Naturally Triplets
conceived IDENTICAL triplets – and had to leave their hospital tags on to tell them apart. Many women look forward to becoming pregnant and starting or growing their family. Most of the time, you don’t expect to see three tiny Fᴇᴛᴜsᴇs ᴏɴ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ . But if you do, here’s what you need to know about triplet pregnancy.
‘They told us about all the ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs but they said you can still have three healthy babies.’ Doctors said
Two weeks later the couple returned for another sᴄᴀɴ where it was discovered that the babies each had their own sᴀᴄ ᴏF Fʟᴜɪᴅ. The pregnancy went swimmingly, with Katie seeing her midwife weekly and being sᴄᴀɴned every fortnight to make sure the little ones were developing properly.
But at 26 weeks, the consultants in Wrexham began to worry. Katie was given a sᴛᴇʀᴏɪᴅ ɪɴᴊᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ and booked in to see an expert in multiple births at Liverpool Womens’ Hospital 35 miles away. The babies carried on growing at brilliant rates and Katie was booked in for a ᴄᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ at 32 weeks – normal practice with multiple births. But at 28 weeks, Katie, a Fᴏʀᴍᴇʀ ᴘʀɪsᴏɴ ᴡᴏʀᴋᴇʀ, began sᴜFFᴇʀɪɴɢ ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs. She spent five days back in Liverpool as they tried to stop them and was then sent home for bed rest.
However at 30 weeks and one day, they started up again and she was rushed by ᴀᴍʙᴜʟᴀɴᴄᴇ to hospital in Wrexham. The plan was for her to ᴜɴᴅᴇʀɢᴏ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ in Liverpool, but there wasn’t enough time to get her there. Welder Rob, 29, was at her ʙᴇᴅsɪᴅᴇ as she had an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ ᴄᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ on February 9,2020 with Tommy born at 17.50 weighing 2lbs 11.5oz, Joshua at 17.51 weighing 3lbs 4.5oz and Eddie at 17.52 at 3lbs 3.5oz.‘The whole team at the Maelor dealt with it so unbelievably well, I can’t thank them enough,’ Katie said.
Tommy and Joshua were transferred that night to Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, while Eddie followed a day later. Katie was discharged after a week and spent a further fortnight in parent accommodation, but it was then shut as the ᴄᴏʀᴏɴᴀᴠɪʀᴜs ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ began to take hold ᴀᴄʀᴏss Bʀɪᴛᴀɪɴ. It meant she and Rob had to spend the next eight weeks ᴊᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ work and childcare for Jacob while visiting the tots. Thankfully Josh and Eddie only spent almost seven weeks in hospital and Tommy came home ten days after them on April 10 – with the family together for the first time.
Overjoyed Katie added: ‘It was difficult not having us all together. There were times when I felt really lonely and I could never see this day. None of them have really had any issues and a lot of other mums do so I feel really lucky.
And she says the new family-of-six have been ʙᴏᴡʟᴇᴅ ᴏᴠᴇʀ by the kindness they have received from members of their community. Neighbours have even left packs of nappies and other supplies on their doorstep anonymously to help the young couple financially.
Katie and Rob say the birth of their babies has been a ray of sunshine amid the ɢʟᴏᴏᴍ ᴏF Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19.