Polish mother Joanna Krzysztonek gave birth to two babies, a boy and a girl, after spending 75 days in labor! Joanna was originally pregnant with triplets, and lost one of the babies after she went into labor prematurely. Doctors then suggested a very special "treatment" lying nearly upside down until the two remaining babies were old enough to be born.
Baby girl Iga and baby boy Ignacy were eventually born at 32 weeks, on February 15. Mom Joanna, from Wroclaw, said she didn't mind lying upside down for 75 after losing her first baby: "I sighed with relief that there was a chance to keep the pregnancy and to give the babies a chance to be born successfully."
Her doctors said that they managed to keep the babies in, and to ease Joanna's contractions. Still, this mom was considered to be in labor the whole time. "This procedure - I mean giving birth - has a beginning and an ending. If the first baby was born that means the birth had started," Joanna's obstetrician Mariusz Zimmer said. Compare that to your average first labor and birth, which is long enough at eight to 12 hours, and you'll be grateful if you labor all night!
How is the family doing now? Joanna apparently had trouble maintaining her balanced after laboring like a bat for so long, but she got over it and is now able to see her babies daily. They are, of course, gathering strength and growing at the NICU in incubators, because they were still born prematurely. Doctors say that they will be able to go home soon.
If you are curious where the doctor's prescription for upside down bed rest comes from, British mom Donna Kelly spent three months upside down to avoid miscarriage. Miscarriage avoidance expert Siobhan Quenby advised her to do this. Maybe we will be seeing many more similar stories in the future?