One mom, two uteruses and a one-in-5 million chance of giving birth to twins; Andreea and Miguel Barbosa talk about the miraculous birth of their babies, Natalie and Nathan, in an interview with The Doctors.
“Back in 2007, [doctors] found that I had one kidney and two uteruses,” Andreea says. “I cried. It was just scary finding all this stuff out after all this time thinking I was normal. I was scared, concerned about my [ability] to have babies.”
One year after her diagnoses, Andreea gave birth to her first child, Isabella. Two years following Isabella’s birth, Andreea conceived again, and a sonogram revealed shocking results.
“With the second pregnancy, [the ultrasound practitioner] found a baby in the left uterus and kept looking and looking,” Andreea says. “She goes, ’Wait a minute, there’s another one in the right uterus!’
“We were shocked. Really, really shocked,” she says. “It was scary, just because I knew my first pregnancy went well, but having one in each uterus I didn’t know if my left uterus worked as well as the right one.”
Andreea searched online for information on her type of pregnancy, but says she couldn’t find much.
According to Andrea’s obstetrician, Dr. Patricia St. John, who delivered the twins, the chances of this type of pregnancy are one in 5 million.
“It certainly was my first delivery [of this type], and will probably be the only one,” Dr. St. John says.