When doctors said Casey Saunders was going to give birth to identical twins again, the 27-year-old mom of 10-year-old twins thought they were joking.
The chances of another pair of identical twins are a real rarity; such pregnancies happen once in 70,000 cases. Last year, she was greeted with just such exciting, but also somewhat frightening news.
As if pregnancy wasn’t unusual enough, the girls developed within the same ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ and shared the same ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ sᴀᴄ, which occurs in only 1% of twin pregnancies and can lead to a slew of ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs.
Namely, these are monoamnionic monochorionic twins, better known as Momo twins. The chances of Momo twins for Casey were less than one in 10 million, which was also a big surprise for the parents.
After spending the last two months of her pregnancy in a hospital while doctors closely monitored the twins, Casey and her partner, Eugene, became the happy parents of girls, Maya and Laie.
Because they were born eight weeks premature, the babies were kept in the hospital for another four weeks before being released home, but mom says fortunately there were no ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs after the birth.
“They’re great, despite all expectations, and the boys adore them, carry and feed them all the time,” said the proud mother of four.
Now, you’re not seeing double, this family actually raises two sets of twins. The boys are very enthusiastic about their new siblings and love to hold them.