Nick & Trent - Healthy MoMo Twins
by Nick & Trent
(Latorbe, Pa, US)
We found out that we were having twins at our first ultrasound. The doctor called a few days later and said we would need to go for a level 2 becasue they were not able to find the membrane between the twins. The doctor had us in a panic, he was not able to answer our quesitons, he had never worked with mono mono twins.
We went to West Penn and the doctor confirmed that they were mono mono. The doctor presented a very grim pictue and said we had about a 20-40% chance of having 2 healthy babies. He wanted us to come to the hospital at 24 weeks for intensive monitoring.
We decided to get a second opinion and went to Magee women's hospital. The doctor there was optimistic and said that they were currently working with 4 mono mono twin cases. We were more comfortable with Magee, if for no other reason than their bed-side manner. They did not suggest the 24 week inpatient monitoring. We decided to be monitored 3x weekly by the fetal heart monitor and 1x weekly by ultrasound. At 30 weeks an utrasound showed that the cords were twisted and appeared to be tighter than before. We requested that we be placed in the hospital for closer monitoring. The goal was to get to 32 weeks. At 32 weeks the twins were taken by C-section at 4lbs and 4lbs 7oz. Nick and Trent. They were in the NICU for about 3 weeks, they came home a few days apart. They are healthy and happy.
The doctors and nurses at Magee were amazing. We felt confident.
We can't explain what those months leading up to the birth were like. It consumed our days and thoughts. Stress is not a strong enough word. We feel for anyone that is in this situation. Just know, no matter what you read or are told, there is hope. The doctors have to tell you all the things that can go wrong. Use support sites and read all the stories from people that dealt with it, both good and bad. We always read both, just to keep it all in perspective.