However, eight weeks into this pregnancy, Kelsey and her husband, Caleb, found out during an ultrasound that they were expecting two babies, each in different wombs.
|Instagram photo by Kelsey Hatcher (@doubleuhatchlings)|
According to Dr. Richard Davis, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where Kelsey Gotcher is enrolled, although uterine didelphy is rare, the chances of getting pregnant at the same time in each uterus are about “one in a million.”
The doctor had previously read about two similar cases, so he looked for someone who could share his experience, but could not get in touch with anyone. Doctors have been preparing for the birth of Getcher for several months.
“There is no expert who knows how to manage a patient with two uteruses and two babies, one in each uterus. So we rely on our basic knowledge and the normal physiology of pregnancy that we understand.” says Dr. Shweta Patel, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is managing Kelsey Gotcher’s pregnancy.
The plan is to let the woman carry the pregnancy as long as both she and the babies are healthy. She could give birth to each child separately in two vaginal births. They can happen within a few minutes or several days. Each uterus can contract independently at different times.
Doctors also suggest that babies can be born by caesarean section.
“We’ve talked a lot with Kelsey about the different scenarios that could happen. She could have a vaginal delivery with both babies or just one and a C-section with the other. She might end up having to have a C-section for both pregnancies.” doctors say.
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