Woman Born With No Uterus Gives Birth to Twin Daughters​

Don't you just love stories that make you feel all warm and good inside? This is one of those. A woman who was told she would never have her own babies at the age of 19 because she had no womb has given birth to twins. Hayley Haynes has safely given birth to twin daughters, her "miracle babies," as she calls them, after science helped her grow a womb.

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Now 28, Ms. Haynes was told at 19 that she would never give birth to a child. After going through her teen years without ever getting her period, she went to the doctor to figure out what was going on.

It took months of blood tests and hospital visits, but eventually the north London resident was diagnosed with androgen insensitivity syndrome. She had been born with XY chromosomes, and even though she had lived her life as a female, and identified as one, she was genetically male. She was told she had no womb, ovaries, or Fallopian tubes.

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Nine years later, thanks to a scientific miracle, she and her husband Sam are the proud parents of twin girls Avery and Darcey, after hormone therapy allowed her to grow a womb in which to carry them.

Haynes said, "When they told me I had no womb I was so confused I felt sick. My biggest fear was never having children. Suddenly a huge piece of my life was missing. I felt like half a woman and was embarrassed. How I was going to tell a guy I was genetically male when I started dating?"

That was when she confided in her good friend Sam, who later became her boyfriend and then her husband. "He's been my confidant from day one and so supportive," she said. "I was worried any man would run a mile. But with Sam I felt accepted and loved for who I was. But we still didn't know if we would ever have children. We both wanted a family, but we just had to wait and see if the treatment worked."

That treatment became an option in 2007, when a specialist at Royal Derby Hospital found what appeared to be a tiny womb that had been missed on her other scans. She was then given hormone tablets to balance her levels of progesterone and estrogen, in the hope that the little womb would grow.

Haynes said, "It was only a few millimetres, but it was a start. He was optimistic it would grow. I still couldn’t conceive naturally but I could have the option of IVF."

Their dreams came true, and her womb grew to the point where she could potentially accept embryos via IVF. But then they were told that NHS would not cover the treatment, even after everything they'd gone through. Haynes shared, "First I found I couldn't have children, then I was told I could. Now they were denying us the help we needed."

Heartbroken by the setback but determined, the couple decided to pay nearly $16,000 of their own money, more than half of their life savings, for IVF in Cyprus last April.

"I was so nervous," Haynes said. "We only had one shot and couldn't afford to go through it all again. I desperately wanted to be a mother and knew if there were no viable eggs or the implantation wasn’t successful I'd be distraught."

Two of the 13 eggs harvested were viable, and Haynes rested for 10 days after they were implanted. There was only a 60 percent chance she would get pregnant, but they kept on hoping. She wasn't supposed to test until two weeks after implantation, but being impatient, tested after the 10 days. It was positive.

"I was so nervous I was shaking from head to toe. I peered at the test and it said positive," she shared. "I couldn't contain my happiness. I was jumping up and down and screaming, but Sam kept his cool and made sure we took another test before we celebrated."

It was at their six-week ultrasound that they discovered that both embryos had implanted. "I couldn’t believe it. I freaked out, but I was over the moon at the same time. I had the chance to have a complete family," she said.

Sam added, "I felt numb with excitement. It was two for the price of one."

The couple said that while adopting was always an option, they "wanted the baby to be as close to ­biologically [theirs] as possible by using an anonymous egg donor and Sam's sperm."

On Christmas Eve, Hayley gave birth to Avery, 5lbs 3oz, and Darcey, 4lbs 6oz. The new mom said, "Becoming a mother was the single most amazing moment of my life. When I held the babies in my arms for the first time I was overwhelmed. I had spent nine years coming to terms with the fact this might never happen, but in that moment all the pain just washed away.

"Darcey and Avery are the most beautiful little girls in the world. Even now, I can't separate Sam from the girls because he loves them so much. We’ve spent so much on these babies. It's not just our wallets that are empty. We are emotionally exhausted. But I'd do it again in a heartbeat for one cuddle with my girls."

And that is what we call a real miracle of birth.

Did you know that science has come so far that it could grown a womb?

 

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