We thought we’d heard it all when it came to amazing twin birth stories, but this New South Wales mum may have just taken the birthday cake!
Separated at birth
When doctors advised 19-weeks pregnant mum Danielle Paull that the twins she was carrying may not survive, she could not have imagined what lay ahead.
Danielle gave birth to one twin, baby Sadie, at 24 weeks gestation on October 26. The tiny girl weighed 710g and is currently growing stronger every day at Randwick’s Royal Hospital for Women.
The second twin, a baby boy, remains safely tucked away in utero, currently at 28 weeks gestation, awaiting the excitement of his own birthday!
“He is doing really well,” Danielle told the Southern Courier’s Rebecca Franks.
“We had an ultrasound yesterday and he weighs 1.1 kilos which is quite big for 28 weeks.”
This amazing birth event is known as a delayed internal delivery. Danielle’s twins each had their own sac and placenta, making this delicate procedure an option when the new mum’s cervix began dilating at just 19 weeks.
The Southern Courier reports that despite dilating and contractions, Danielle was able to avoid delivering Sadie for a whopping five weeks.
She managed to get her little girl to the 24 week mark, before a two minute delivery saw her make her early appearance. Sadie left her brother behind to grow up a little more, which seems sensible.
Meanwhile, the older twin has been spending her days in the NICU unit, being cared for by her mum and an amazing and committed medical team.
The waiting game
Danielle says Sadie’s currently thriving on donated breast milk, after some initial challenges, explaining that breastfeeding is not possible for her just yet.
“I was not able to express (breast milk) because that might bring on labour. We have been getting donor milk from a milk bank in Queensland,” the new mum said.
How amazing that this determined mum is not only rising to the challenge of parenting a premmie baby, she’s also growing that baby’s twin brother and wondering what the age gap between her twins will be!
Danielle and partner Matthew hope their family’s story will bring awareness to the important work The Royal Hospital for Women’s NICU unit does.
Congratulations to this growing family!