Mom Shares Incredible Image of Placenta That Kept Her Triplets Alive in Utero (PHOTO)


Being pregnant with multiples is amazing -- I had twins and I still don't understand how two full-sized babies made it to 37 weeks in my 5' 2" body. Now thanks to an Australian mother of triplets, her placenta, and some dye, we get to see how an oxygen-deprived triplet survived in the womb with his two brothers.


Sammi Edes, a 29-year-old woman who is about to be very busy after adding triplets to her four other children, gave birth to triplets on May 14th. During the pregnancy, she was advised to abort one of the three babies who wasn't doing well in order to provide for the other two. She refused. All three babies were born healthy at 30 weeks, and Edes decided to have her placenta dyed to show how much of the food and oxygen supply each baby had. The results are amazing.

Photo from Sammi#tripletsThis is my placenta with dye running through it to show who had what "share". Geoffrey is...

Posted by Australian Multiple Birth Association on Monday, June 22, 2015

Geoffrey (misspelled Jeffrey in the pic) had the green and red, Hunter had the blue and white, and Thomas was only receiving food and oxygen from the small yellow section. Doctors say he shouldn't be alive.

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I'm not one for blood or anything inside the body being outside the body, so it took me a minute to understand what I was seeing here. Once I figured it out, however, I was amazed. I have never seen such a clear image of how multiple babies are supported in the womb. And the fact that Thomas was able to survive till 30 weeks on the small amount of sustenance he was receiving is remarkable.

Way to go, bodies!

Did you learn anything interesting about your placenta after childbirth?

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