Mum Who Had 16 ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs Has ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ Babies After 12 Years
Emma White, 38, had given up on getting pregnant again after her daughter Molly Rose was born 12 years ago, but after a rollercoaster pregnancy last year, she finally gave birth to two healthy girls.
A mum who suffered 16 ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs in 20 years has shared her joy at giving birth to two ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ babies after a rollercoaster pregnancy. Emma White, 38, had her daughter Molly Rose 12 years ago and decided not to try for any more children after years of ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋ
She said: “My ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴀɢᴇs started when I was just a teenager and I went on to have 16 of them over the years -all before nine weeks. It was ᴀʙsᴏʟᴜᴛᴇʟʏ ᴄʀᴜsʜɪɴɢ.”But after meeting her husband Joe, 41, Emma’s mind was changed, and she gave pregnancy another go. “I met Joe and he told me straight away he wanted children. I told him no. But then about two weeks later I was so happy, in love and comfortable that all I could think was give me babies!”
But Emma, from Kirkby, was once ᴀɢᴀɪɴ ʟᴇFᴛ ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ after falling pregnant and ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀʏɪɴɢ twice. Then, in late 2020, Emma fell pregnant again – this time with twins. But on her birthday, she discovered she’d ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ again at six weeks. She said: “After I’d ʟᴏsᴛ the twins I knew that was it. I just couldn’t do it again. Joe completely understood.”
By pure chance and without trying, Emma found out she was pregnant again just a month later. While she was over the moon, she was ᴛᴇʀʀɪfɪᴇᴅ this pregnancy would end in tragedy again.
She recalled: “I’d check the toilet every time I went. I was scared to use it, scared to cough, scared of any ᴀᴄʜᴇ ᴏʀ ᴘᴀɪɴ.”
When she began ʙʟᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ sʜᴀᴋɪɴɢ ᴜɴᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴏʟʟᴀʙʟʏ at six weeks in, Emma had familiar feeling and was convinced she had ᴍɪsᴄᴀʀʀɪᴇᴅ. She was rushed to Liverpool Women’s Hospital for tests. Emma was told she was having an ectopic pregnancy – which is when a fertilised ᴇɢɢ ɪᴍᴘʟᴀɴᴛs ɪᴛsᴇʟF ᴏᴜᴛsɪᴅᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏᴍʙ. She was told she’d have to have one of her fallopian tubes removed.
But after waking up from the operation, Emma learned her pregnancy was normal – and she’d simply had a blockage in one of her fallopian tubes.
“She walked in and said, ‘So, four babies.’ She showed me another scan image and there they were – four tiny blobs.”
However, Emma and Joe’s joy was short lived when Emma started to ʙʟᴇᴇᴅ heavily at nine weeks. Then a few days later, she stood up and “felt something fall out.”
Despite Joe’s scepticism, Emma headed to hospital and insisted on being sᴄᴀɴɴᴇᴅ.
She said: “They must have thought I was mad. I’d been marked down as having lost the babies and there I was, hysterical and crying, saying, ‘I’ve had a dream. I’m still pregnant’.”
Sure enough, a scan showed Emma was still pregnant with two babies. In an incredibly rare phenomenon, Emma’s quads – two sets of identical twins – had suffered a condition called vanishing twin syndrome twice over. The condition happens when one of a set of twins dies in the uterus and the embryos are normally then reabsorbed into the body.
In Emma’s case, she had lost one from each set of identical twins – leaving her with two non-identical twins – and had ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇᴍʙʀʏᴏs. Astonished at the news and already 12 weeks pregnant, she headed home to tell a shell-sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ Joe. From there, Emma described her pregnancy as “amazing” and was induced at 37 weeks to give birth to Aurora Azalea, 5lbs 2oz, and Ophelia Lili, 5lbs 11oz, on 2 October last year.
Emma said: “I love being a twin mum. It’s not for everyone, but I cherish every single day. It still feels like a ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ even now the girls are three months old. I just want all the women out there to know there’s no sʜᴀᴍᴇ in it. There are so many of us sᴜffᴇʀɪɴɢ, thinking we’re made, ᴛᴇʀʀɪfɪᴇᴅ every time we get pregnant. I hope my story can give some hope.
Professor Luciano Nardo, Founder and CEO of NOW -Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴇxᴘʟᴀɪɴᴇᴅ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴠᴀɴɪsʜɪɴɢ ᴛᴡɪɴ sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ is.
He said: “Vanishing twin sʏɴᴅʀᴏᴍᴇ ɪs ᴀɴ ᴇᴀʀʟʏ ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ ɪɴ ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ᴏɴᴇ of ᴀ sᴇᴛ of ᴛᴡɪɴs ᴅɪsᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀs ᴀs ʀᴇsᴜʟᴛ of ʙᴇɪɴɢ ʀᴇᴀʙsᴏʀʙᴇᴅ within the ᴜᴛᴇʀɪɴᴇ cavity.