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Woman Gives Birth Twice in 8 Months — And, No, the Babies Weren’t Twins

By Meredith Carroll |

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Two babies in eight months and nary a twin in sight

It’s not wholly unusual to hear of families who have children born, say, 15 months apart, or even 13 months apart. Occasionally you hear of babies born in the same year that are about 10 or 11 months apart.

One woman in England, however, has the distinction of saying two of her babies were born a mere eight months apart. Claire Ormrod gave birth to baby Alice on Dec. 6, 2011, when she was just 25 weeks along in her pregnancy, according to the UK Telegraph.

Alice was born via emergency C-section and weighed just 1lb, 3oz. Doctors were so convinced she wouldn’t survive that the family started planning her funeral. However, at her darkest hour Alice started showing signs of life and pulled through.

Just seven weeks later, Claire got pregnant again — despite being on the pill.  On Sept. 7, 2012, baby Gareth was born via an emergency C-section when Claire was just 29 weeks along.

“I was absolutely petrified when I found out I was pregnant again,” Claire said to the Telegraph. “My GP said I should have a termination, he said it would end up killing me and the baby and that it wouldn’t be fair to put me through it. But I said no, straight out.”

Gareth now weighs 7lbs, 14 oz, which is about what he might have weighed had Claire carried him to term.

After spending her entire first year in a special care unit at a hospital in Wales due to brain and liver damage, Alice is now 13 months old and weighs in at 12lbs, 14oz. It’s still unclear the degree of brain damage she suffered.

Claire is also the mom to three older children who are 2, 5 and 7. She said they were also conceived “in spite of precautions.”

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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