This Mother Gave Birth to Her Twins Three Years Apart

June 11, 2018 lilit 0 Comments

It might be hard to believe, but there are some twins out there whose ages are much further apart then a few minutes. One mom recently gave birth to one of her twins three years after the first was born. This may seem impossible but it’s all thanks to IVF treatments. The fertility treatment can cause two kids to be conceived at the same time and implanted whenever.

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Dreams. Samantha McConnell always wanted kids but as a single woman that can be kind of difficult. The then 38-year-old had nearly given up hope when she decided to look into infertility treatments to make her dream come true.

Fertility Treatments. She spent nearly $16,000 on fertility treatments using a donor sperm and one of her own eggs. One of the embryos had split creating twins. She had the first one implanted through IVF and had the other frozen.

Births. Nine months later her first child, Grace was born. Three years later she had the second embryo implanted. And nine months after that Grace’s twin brother, Rory, was born. The kids are now five and 21-months old.

Deep Bond. Samantha, 46, told the Sun that the two kids share a deep bond, as though they had been born at the same time. She’s now retired after working as a Royal Air Force Officer. She’s been elated with motherhood.

Lucky. She told the tabloid, “I am very lucky the IVF worked for me. Having non-identical twins born years apart is pretty amazing. They have the same cheeky smiles and fiery personalities and they’re very close.”

Big Sister. She continued, “Rory is a giggly toddler and Grace is a protective big sister. She loves cuddling him and tries to dress him up in her clothes.” Samantha explained that she had just gotten out of a ten-year relationship when she started looking into her fertility treatment options.

One Good Parent. “After my relationship ended, I decided children were better having one good parent than none at all. I looked into co-parenting with a sperm donor, but parenting with someone I’d never met felt too risky. So I decided to do it alone,” she said.

Fertility Journey. She told the Sun, “My heart goes out to those people for whom IVF isn’t successful because I couldn’t imagine my life without the children.” She began her fertility journey in May 2010 after contacting Care Fertility in Nottingham.

Options. After discussing her options with her doctors she chose to have an intrauterine insemination. This treatment involves a doctor injecting the donor sperm directly into the uterus. This option is more affordable, but there’s only a ten percent chance of conception.

Chances. IVF treatments, on the other hand, have a 30 percent chance of conception. She told the Sun, “It would cost £5,000 for one round of IVF and for roughly the same cost I could have three chances at falling pregnant through IUI.”

Their Roots. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. “I did a lot of research. I wanted my children to know their roots, so I decided on an open sperm donor who the children would be allowed to contact when they reach 18,” she said.

Failed. “I went through the European Sperm Bank and chose Lance, a 35-year-old Danish medical student. I was given his medical history and a recording of his voice. Four vials of sperm were shipped over from Denmark. I felt nervous and excited. But when the treatment failed I was devastated,” she continued.

IVF. Samantha gave in and decided to give IVF a shot instead. With this treatment doctors fertilize the eggs with sperm outside of the womb. When conception occurs and an embryo begins forming, it is inserted into the womb.

Work. IVF treatments involve a lot more work than the IUI. Samantha explained to the Sun that she had to give herself daily hormone injections. She was also put under a local anesthetic when doctors took some of her eggs.

Hope. Samantha learned that she was pregnant just four days after her 40th birthday. Grace was born in December 2012. When her daughter turned three she decided it was time for one more. “Now, I enjoy every moment and I love being a stay-at-home mum,” she told the Sun. “I hope my situation shows other women they can do a great job being a mum, even if they choose to go it alone.”

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