Preemie Twins Hug to Celebrate First Time Reunited Since Mother's Womb
March 7, 2019
Distance knows no bounds for newborns Olivia and Zoe. The Australian twins were born at 29 weeks gestation and were instantly separated to get medical support from the NICU. But after 27 days apart, the two were finally reunited and celebrated with a sweet embrace that is stealing the hearts of many worldwide.
When Ann Le and her partner found out they were having monoamniotic, or momo, twins, they were a bit weary to share the news. Momo twins share the same amniotic sac within their mother’s uterus. They’re always identical, always monochorionic and share the placenta, but have two separate umbilical cords. Momo twins are extremely rare and have a higher risk for complication.
Le, like other women pregnant with momo twins, was admitted into the hospital at 26 weeks for close monitoring. They knew the twins would be born premature, but the plan was to deliver the babies via c-section at 32 weeks. Things, however, did not go as planned.
At 28 weeks and 5 days the babies were showing signs of distress and had to be delivered earlier than expected. Both were born weighing just over 2 pounds each, the mom shares on Instagram.
The girls were taken to intensive care for breathing support, and the family had a long journey ahead. “Life with babies in NICU is pretty [darn] hard. It’s exhausting, stressful and always unpredictable,” the mom admits. “But when I look down and see these two, I forget about how difficult things are and realize just how lucky we are to have these two.”
After nearly a month, Mom, Dad and sisters are happy to finally all be together again.
And on that note, pass the tissues please!