For some couples, pregnancy occurs easily, others on the other hand experience parenthood the harder way. Miranda and Josh, who both work as nurses, have always dreamed of having many children. But that didn’t happen the way they expected. Miranda was told she couldn’t conceive naturally and that she had to undergo IVF treatments if she wanted to become a mother. And so she did.
Luckily, the first treatment was a success and the couple welcomed their first child into the world.
Some time later, they believed it was the time for them to try and have another child, so Miranda went through another IVF treatment. This treatment, just like their first, went well and the couple were told they were having twins this time. Both Miranda and Josh were over the moon as it looked like their wish of a huge family was about to become a reality. However, what they didn’t know was that they would get more than what they hoped for.
Six weeks into pregnancy, Miranda got some unexpected news, she did carry twins, but two sets of them, each identical. This kind of pregnancy is considered a miracle, to say the least, because it is very rare.
“Embryo splitting occurs approximately in one out of 100 embryo transfers. The chance of this outcome is approximately one in 10,000. This could also occur in a natural conception, but the chance of that is much rarer,” Dr. James Grifo said.
With the excitement came a dose of fear. Miranda worried whether the pregnancy would be without any problems. But as it turned out, she didn’t have to worry because her babies, Mia, Madison, Jackson and James, were delivered six weeks premature but they were all perfectly healthy.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a miscarriage, and I was always thinking that I could go into preterm labor at any moment,” Miranda says.
At one point, they were even asked whether they wanted to abort one set of twins, but they never considered that as an option regardless of the risks of carrying quadruplets.
Today, the twins and their big sister Joslyn are all grown up and love playing together. What a big and happy family.
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