Diamniotic/Monochorionic Twins {I am Strong}

by Birth Without Fear on May 1, 2013

{Anneka} I am strong. I am strong because at 8 weeks into my pregnancy I began to bleed and thought I was going down the road to losing another pregnancy. After a trip to the hospital it was confirmed my baby was fine and not only fineā€¦there were two babies. We were having diamniotic/monochorionic twins. At 12 weeks we were given the option to terminate because our babies were high risk for trisomy 13 or trisomy 18.

We continued with the pregnancy because we felt very strong that everything would be fine. At 20 weeks after 8 hours of tests in a hospital we were told our twins had Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome. The smaller of our twins (baby b) was growing disproportionately to (baby a).

We were taken to a board room in the hospital and the doctors explained what could happen to our babies and the safest option would be to sever the umbilical cord of the smaller twin to save the larger twin.

I quickly collected my things and left the hospital stunned that someone would so casually present this to me in a power point presentation. My husband and I knew we were to continue with the pregnancy and would have the babies or baby we were supposed to have. I ended up on bed rest a week later.

Our girls were due in April and we had them in February. They were beautiful. They spent 17 days in the NICU and are now happy, healthy, intelligent and perfect 6 year olds.

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Nina Koppinger May 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

This warms my heart! I love that there is still good in the world! Beautiful girls!

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marrie May 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I have mono/di twins too and lived in fear of TTTS, I’m so glad that you made the choice you did and have your healthy happy girls now :)

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kara May 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

beautiful story and photo :) so happy you followed your mama instincts!

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Linda May 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Wow thank god you listened to your own intuition! Way to go! Congrats on your 2 beautiful girls!

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Sandra May 3, 2013 at 7:16 am

Lovely story! I am so glad so made all the right choices. This is a proof that even when statistics are against us, we should still follow our hearts and have faith.

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Kate May 3, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Mamas know best :) I wish more western medicine practitioners believed that, too.

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Amanda September 22, 2013 at 6:35 am

So glad to hear a positive outcome of this story! They are beautiful :)

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