A couple trying for a baby found out after a while that they were going to have not one but four babies, all girls. Gemma Robson and partner Andy Raine have beaten odds of 700,000 to 1 to welcome sisters Dani, Skye, Mia and Taylor.
New dad Andy Raine has been describing how he “passed out in the delivery room” during the arrival of quadruplets Dani, Skye, Mia and Taylor, who are currently being cared for at Sunderland Royal Hospital after arriving over two months early.
The four baby girls, who each weigh 3lbs, were due to be delivered by caesarean on December 7 due to potential ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs of allowing mother Gemma Robson to go the full term of her pregnancy with a February 1 due date. However, the quadruplets had different ideas as Gemma, who lives in Whitburn, went into ʟᴀʙᴏʀ on Saturday, November 18.
Ms. Robson, 35, of Whitburn, South Tyneside, said: “On Friday night I felt a bit of discomfort, but with four babies in there, I thought they were just moving around. However, on Saturday morning, I woke up and couldn’t stand up. My waters hadn’t ʙʀᴏᴋᴇɴ, but I could feel ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs starting, so we drove to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI).
At 7.45 a.m. on Sunday (November 19), Dani, Skye, Mia, and Taylor were welcomed into the world. While all four are “doing okay,” due to their size and being over two months premature, they were in need of ɴᴇᴏɴᴀᴛᴀʟ ᴄᴀʀᴇ, initially being placed in incubators, with Taylor also needing additional support with oxygen. The quadruplets were born prematurely, but they are in good health and will soon be able to go home. Their parents are quadruple happy and can’t wait to introduce them to their relatives and friends.
The girls’ father ended up missing the arrival of the quadruplets after passing out in the delivery room. “I was in a bit of sʜᴏᴄᴋ in the delivery room, and I don’t really remember the arrival of the babies as I passed out and woke up on a pillow on the floor. By the time I came around, all four had been born, and it was an amazing feeling to see them.”
Having quadruplets naturally is extremely rare! The couple had been planning for one child, so they were sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ to be told at their initial 12-week scan that they were having triplets. However, their 3D scan at 17 weeks revealed there were in fact four babies – a one in 700,000 chance.
The couple don’t currently live together, but have applied to South Tyneside Council for a house that will be able to accommodate both them and the new arrivals, as well as Gemma’s 10-year-old daughter, Millie Grace, from a previous relationship.