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Monday, 31 October 2005 10:54
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Woman with two wombs gives birth to healthy twins
A woman born with two wombs has become only one of five British women with the condition in 50 years to give birth to healthy twins.

Claire Miles has a genetic disorder that affects one in 1,000 women and causes them to be born with two wombs, each half the normal size. Mrs Miles, 35, from Exeter, became one of only 70 in a century to be pregnant in both wombs.

Twin pregnancies are rare in such cases and successful births even more so as the babies often outgrow their respective wombs and stretch them to breaking point leading to premature labour or death in the womb.

Mrs Miles was warned in her teens that she would be unlikely to ever give birth after being diagnosed with the congenital disorder that is accompanied by two vaginas and two cervixes. Surgeons were able to alter the vagina and cervix but not the womb.

She underwent a scan at 28 weeks which revealed that one of her twins, Noah, was stretching his womb. A further scan at 29 week revealed she had developed a blood clot. Soon after, she began experiencing contractions in the womb in which Noah was growing.

She said: "They took me into hospital to check the contractions. Noah was contracting but Maisie was doing nothing."

Miles Taylor, her consultant, had been hoping to deliver the twins by caesarean section at 36 weeks.

He said: "At 29 weeks they can survive, but their lungs aren't properly formed.

"There are advantages to leaving a second twin behind, but just a few hours later the other womb could go into labour and [Claire] may have had to have had another caesarean."

The twins were eventually born after 36 weeks on 8 June. Despite being born within minutes of each other, they are not technically twins and were probably conceived on separate occasions.

Noah and Masie weighed a total of 9lbs combined. Mrs Miles said: "I never thought I would be a mother. Now I have two miracles. It was such a shock. We had been waiting and waiting for [the birth] to happen."

"It was incredibly difficult. I saw all the other mothers with their babies and I didn't have mine.

"My first cuddle was with my daughter. It was amazing, I felt every emotion possible.


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