(Reuters) – A woman from Alabama with a rare congenital anomaly that causes her to have two uteruses gave birth to healthy twin girls earlier this week.
Kelsey Hatcher and husband Caleb welcomed Roxi Layla on Tuesday evening and their sister Rebel Laken on Wednesday morning at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (UAB), the mother of five announced on social media.
„Our miracle babies have been born! They decided they were rare enough statistically that they should just have their own birthdays,“ Hatcher wrote on Instagram.
Hatcher has a rare condition called uterus didelphys and was pregnant with one child in each uterus, a rare condition known as a dicavitary pregnancy with odds of one in a million.
„I had been caring for Kelsey during her third pregnancy and knew she had a double uterus, but it was only one baby – two babies in two uteruses was a true medical surprise,“ Hatcher’s obstetrician, Shweta Patel, said in a hospital press release.
Hatcher’s pregnancy was considered high-risk and was induced in the 39th week. After a total of 20 hours of labor, the two little girls were born.
Although a typical twin pregnancy is defined by two babies in one uterus, Richard Davis, the doctor who oversaw the pregnancy, said it was „safe to call the girls fraternal twins.“
The first baby was delivered vaginally, like Hatcher’s previous three children, while the second baby was delivered by cesarean section.
The medical team had prepared for three possible scenarios for delivery: both babies delivered vaginally, one baby delivered vaginally and one by cesarean section, or both births by cesarean section.
„I can’t wait to share the entire birth story with you all!“ Hatcher wrote on social media. „As we are all home now, we will take the time to bond, recover, and enjoy the holidays!“
(Reporting by Maria Caspani in New York; Editing by Chris Reese)