Birth of twins might not be uncommon these days, but birth of twins via double uterus is definitely rare and exciting event. A report revealed that a women in Florida having double uterus gave birth to twins.
How common is it to have a double uterus?
One in about every 2,000 women worldwide have the condition.
How likely is it that a woman with this condition would get pregnant with twins—one baby from each uterus?
About one in 25,000 women with uterus didelphys gets pregnant with twins, one to each uterus. That means the likelihood of any given woman growing two babies in two separate wombs is about one in 50 million.
What is Uterus didelphys?
Uterus didelphys represents a uterine malformation, where the uterus is present as a paired organ as the embryogenetic fusion of the mullerian ducts failed to occur. As a result, there is a double uterus with two separate cervices, and often double vagina as well. Each uterus has a single horn linked to the ipsilateral fallopian tube that faces its ovary.
Recent Delivery Of Twins
Recently, a women gave birth to two babies, delivered from two separate uteruses, at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida in the US. Fraternal twins, Nathan and Natalie Barbosa, born on 15 September, are doing well. The women Andreea Barbosa has uterus didelphys.
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The condition can cause infertility, miscarriage and premature birth. But Barbosa’s twins were delivered by cesarean section at 36 weeks: Nathan was delivered first, weighing in at 5 lbs 8 oz (2.50 kg), then his sister Natalie, at 5 lbs 10 oz (2.55 kg), was born two minutes later.
Their mother told the press she was “shocked” when she found out she was pregnant in each uterus.
In 2006, an even rarer event occured in the UK when a mother with a double uterus had triplets: two babies from one uterus and another from the second uterus.
I think birth of multiple children, twins, triplet etc is amazing and birth of twins due to double uterus is a miracle. Nature has unusual ways of surprising us. The reports say that Nathen and Natalie are doing good and we wish them luck in their start of journey into this world.