That's right, the same mother had twins, but from two different uteruses. Nathan and Natalie Barbosa were born by cesarean section on September 15, at the Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida. Mother Andreea Barbosa has the exceedingly rare condition uterus didelphys, which means a double uteruses.
About one in 2,000 women have uterus didelphys. Sometimes, women affected by this rare defect even have two vaginas! What is even rarer is that a women with this double uterus condition gets pregnant with twins one in each uterus! Andreea got pregnant naturally, without the intervention of fertility treatments. She did suffer from placenta previa, where the placenta covers the cervix... although we have to wonder which one, because women with uterus didelphys can have two cervices (and even, in some cases, two sets of fallopian tubes and ovaries).
So, what did the family say about this miracle? Andreea, who already had a daughter before conceiving her twins, said: I was shocked to learn I had a baby in each uterus. But my husband and I are just so happy that they are here and healthy." Dr Patricia St. John, an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Morton Plant Hospital, told her side of the story too: We were thrilled to work with the family and guide them through this unique pregnancy and delivery.
Because we were aware of her condition, we were able to take special precautions to ensure that both mother and babies would be healthy. For many women with a double uterus, miscarriages or infertility are the hard reality. Not so for Andreea, who delivered her fraternal twins at 36 weeks pregnant. They weighed 5 lbs, 8 oz (Nathan), and 5 lbs, 10 oz (Natalie), and were born within two minutes of each other. The Barbosa family is not planning on any more children.
Mom joked that she had one child with her first pregnancy, two with her second, and didn't want to entertain the thought of three at a third pregnancy. On an interesting note, though, another women with a double uterus did give birth to triplets before.