Against Incredible Odds, Woman Gives Birth to Two Babies from Two WombsCeridwen Morris
Danielle Young, of the UK, tells The Daily Mail the story of how she gave birth to two babies from two wombs. Young has a rare condition called uterus didelphys–she has two uteruses, two cervixes and two vaginas.
The chance of conceiving two babies in both uteruses is one in five million. Fewer than 100 people in the world have ever been known to be pregnant in both uteruses at the same time. According to a 2006 BBC news story about a British mom who had simultaneous pregnancies in two wombs, about one in 1,000 women in the UK have two wombs. Sometimes two uteruses have two cervixes but one vagina (see diagram above). Young, and others, have two uteruses, two cervixes and two vaginas.
Double uterus happens during fetal development when the two small tubes that form the uterus don’t join together and instead develop into two separate wombs. Uterus didelphys is sometimes not diagnosed. According to the Mayo Clinic, treatment is necessary only if there are symptoms or complications, such as pelvic pain or repeated miscarriages.
Young’s situation was further complicated by a blocked fallopian tube on one side. Her doctors didn’t think she could conceive in one of her wombs and were very surprised to see, via ultrasound, two babies developing normally in two wombs. She has one older child. The babies were born prematurely and low birth weight (known risks with double pregnancies such as this one) but they are now four and doing very well! Amazing.