Mom With Double Uterus Delivers 'Twins' From Separate Wombs

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newborn baby handI consider birth to be a miracle -- it's just an amazing thing our bodies can do even when things go right with labor and delivery. When there is a complication, the strength of our bodies and of our babies is even more evident. When I heard about this mom with a double uterus who defied the odds and carried a baby in each womb, it was hard not to be in awe.

Alison Camp was born with a double uterus, which is extremely unusual -- only about 0.3 percent of women are known to have this. This condition, medically known as uterus didelphys, makes having a successful pregnancy rare, and the fact that Camp had a baby boy in each womb made it even more extraordinary, but also more risky.

The babies were born seven minutes apart by c-section at 25 weeks back in October. Both boys were around 1 pound, 5 ounces and the Camps were very concerned about their health so they didn't want to share their story until now ....

Alison learned of her condition when she 19. This abnormality with the uterus happens when the baby is still in the womb being formed and the Mullerian ducts, which are two small tubes that fuse together to form the uterus, do not fuse properly. A double uterus could result in two cervices and two vaginas, but some, like Alison, only have one vagina. It could also make women infertile.

But Alison was able to get pregnant, though her first pregnancy sadly ended in miscarriage. She and her husband, Tim, went on to have two healthy children -- Kennedy, 5, and Addison, 2 -- both from a different uterus. Amazing! Then they found out they were pregnant again, but this time it was going to be very, very different and high-risk.

How frightening that must have been, like going into the unknown. A miracle? I think so. A rare condition, a risky pregnancy, very premature babies ... too often stories like this end in heartbreak. Thankfully this one is on its way to a happy ending.

The boys, named Carter and Griffin, are now a little more than 3 months old (how proud the family must be!), and though born together aren't considered identical twins. Carter has been released from Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo, New York, weighing 7 pounds. Brother Griffin is still in the NICU until he gains more weight -- he's 5 1/2 pounds. I'm pulling for him to get there!

Alison calls her boys "little fighters", and they certainly are.

Have you ever heard of a double uterus? And ... join me in wishing the Camps the very best! Especially Griffin!

 

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leila... leilaraine

amazing story! i have one normal uterus and a 6 year old and havent been able to conceive after 3 years of trying, maybe there is hope?

Mrs.C... Mrs.Crain

Double Uterus-- no, but I do know a lady who has two vaginas!

naiyah naiyah

U r bless n highly favor.

nonmember avatar Liz

Yes, because I know this woman! Here father was my 7th grade Social Studies teacher, her mother was my 8th grade English teacher, and she was my youth group leader where we all went to church together! Granted this was a long time ago and I haven't seen her in years, but I heard her mother passed away unexpectedly a little over a year ago, so this family has truly been on a roller coaster ride! Also, I'd like to add that both boys are home and have been for a couple weeks now!

nonmember avatar Liz

Here's the link to her blog!

http://journeyto2boys.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/busy-bliss/

suziejax suziejax

I have never heard of this before. WOW

suziejax suziejax

This is just amazing and I wish them all well :-) 

scary... scaryfairy81

I've heard of it because I have something similar. Instead of 2 uteruses that formed, I only had 2 halves that weren't fused together normally, and it did make me infertile. And I have a friend from high school with the same condition as this woman who has been pregnant twice...the first time in the healthier, larger uterus, and the second time was in the smaller side and she had her daughter very early. Happy ending though, both of her daughters are healthy now! And my husband and I adopted.

nonmember avatar Becca

I have uterus didelphys, two cervices, and complete septum dividing the vaginal cavity. I haven't tried to get pregnant, but my ob/gyn (also a renowned reproductive endocrinologist) believes I'll be able to get pregnant, but may have to deliver via ceasarean for my first child (only so much room for the kiddo to stretch). But as he put it, the uterus is made *to be* stretched, and if I chose to have a second child, I'd mostly likely be able to carry he or she to full term. I'm lucky though, in that I have to completely separate systems.

medic... medicwife

I know this woman too, lol! An amazing story and such a beautiful family:) I just went to see her brother's new baby a few days ago, another beautiful family!

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