Twins always come as a surprise to a woman who thinks she will be carrying one baby for 9 months. For jennifer Ashwood, she was surprised by the announcement that she would be having twins but when the doctors gave her the news that is so rare that less then a hundred cases have been recorded around the world.
The odds of one mother having two wombs is about one in 500 million but on top of that Jennifer had eggs fertilized in each one. Ashwood has a condition know as bicornuate uterus. Even though she gave birth before to her 8 year old daughter she still had no idea she had two uterus.
“I’ve had a baby before and it was really straightforward. But my body surprised me this time. We found out at the 20-week scan and ever since people have been saying how rare it was.”
Ashwood and her husband found out in December that they were expecting twins. In February, however, the parents found out there was one baby in each womb after the doctors found an abnormality in her ultrasound scans. A condition such as this doesn’t cause complications in conceptions but there is a bigger risk of premature birth.
“Ashwood, went into labor with the twins at just 34 weeks and gave birth to son Piran, 5lb 10oz, and her daughter Poppy, 5lb 3oz, through C-section. The babies had jaundice at birth and were able to go home after spending two weeks in medical care being treated for it”.
Jennifer had this to say:
“To have the two [wombs] is rare in itself, but to have an egg in both, then those to be fertilized and then for both eggs to be in the right part … it’s a bit of a miracle. You think you know your body well, but it turns out you might not. Compared to my first pregnancy I was sick much, much more. Because it’s so rare to carry a baby in each [womb], they didn’t really quite know what was going to happen until they opened me up and took a look.”
“It’s very, very busy at home now. We haven’t had much sleep but I don’t think we’d be having much even if we just had one. It’s double the cuddles and double the love. Millie is getting used to things slowly. When we told her it was twins she said she only wanted one, but she’s coming round to the idea now.”
We wish this family a life full of blessings as they learn to navigate life with twins.