A Blackpool woman who thought she’d lost the chance to be called ‘mum’ forever after a traumatic stillbirth is now expecting a unique pair of twins.
Selina Curtis, 27, is expecting identical twins in an extremely rare pregnancy that marks the first of its kind at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Monoamniotic twins occur in just 1 in 60,000 identical twin pregnancies. While most twins develop separately in the mother’s womb, ‘MoMo’ twins develop in the same amniotic sac, sharing the same placenta.
Selina said: “It’s very, very rare. My doctor specialises in twins and she had never seen anything like it before. I was shocked because there are no twins in my family at all. We’d be more likely to win the lottery.”
Selina discovered her unusual pregnancy in April, when she was warned by doctors that her pregnancy was ‘high risk’, and that she would likely lose both babies before the 14-week mark. But little Millie-Ribbon and Mollie-Robbin defied all odds, and Selina and dad Scott Fleetwood, 28, are now looking forward to welcoming their daughters into the world at a planned Caesarian-section at Blackpool Vic next week.
She said: “They told us at the beginning that there would probably be no chance of them surviving. They didn’t think they’d make it to 14 weeks. It’s been a huge battle but we’re here at last.
“All the way through I was thinking I would lose them. You can’t enjoy your pregnancy; it was so scary. You’re just glad to get through the day, and then you wake up and it all starts again.
“We’re very lucky. We can’t believe it. We’ve already got a big family anyway and this just makes it even bigger. My parents are going from 13 grandchildren to 15.”
Selina, who lives on Vicarage Lane in Marton, feared she had lost the chance of being called ‘Mum’ forever after suffering a traumatic stillbirth in 2006, losing baby boy Morgan.
Now she is looking forward to introducing the twins to her two other beloved children Cyprus, nine, and Lillie-Sue, six.
She said: “They can’t wait to meet them. My little boy said he might cry when he meets them, and my little girl can’t wait to get her hands on them. She’s made a chart counting down to when they’re due.
“I’m a bit nervous because this type of pregnancy has never happened at Blackpool hospital before. They’re going into intensive care for a little bit after they’re born - but you never know, they could come out fine and breathing on their own.”
Dad Scott said: We’re still in shock because we didn’t know if she was going to get through the pregnancy. To get this far is a miracle after being told there was virtually no chance of survival. I can’t wait to hold them in my arms.”