Becoming a first time mom at 17 can be daunting to say the least. Even more so when you’re told by your doctor you are expecting twin boys.
But Casey Saunders and her boyfriend Eugene Goree rose to the occasion.
Nine years later, the couple decided they wanted to expand their family.
But Casey, 27, was floored when she was told she expecting yet another set of twins.
The odds of that happening are one in 70,000. On top of the already astounding odds, the babies had developed inside the same placenta.
The condition only occurs with about 1% of twin pregnancies and can cause fatal complications in the womb.
Casey spent the final two months of her pregnancy in the hospital while doctors monitored her baby girls. Casey and her partner Eugene Goree welcomed baby girls Maya and Laia on December 1.
The optometric technician gave birth to her boys Hayden and Cameron when she was 17 years old.
Nine years later she learned she and her partner Eugene were pregnant again.
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When Casey went in for her first ultrasound she brought her boys.
‘On the way to the ultrasound they were arguing over who was going to get to hold “the baby” first,’ she said.
‘I thought the sonographer was trying to tease me when she said there were two heartbeats because she knew I had my twin boys with me.’
The technician saw the monitor and told Casey: ‘You should go buy a Powerball ticket when you’re done here.’
Casey was pregnant with twins – again.
‘I was shocked. I called Eugene and said: “You’re not going to believe this,”‘ she said.
‘He was surprised but really excited from the beginning.
The odds of having identical twins are about one in 250, but the likelihood of having two sets of identical twins is an infinitely smaller one in 70,000.
Meaning Casey had about a .0014 percent chance of having twins again.
They Were MoMo Twins
On top of the already incredibly small odds, the twins were revealed to be monoamniotic monochorionic.
This occurs in less than one percent of twin pregnancies. Casey’s chances of being pregnant with MoMo twins were less than one in 10 million.
MoMo twins develop a shared placenta and amniotic sac.
This unfortunately puts them at risk of the umbilical cords tangling or being compressed, which blocks the flow of nutrients to the fetus.
‘We went from “Oh my God we’re having twins” to “Oh my God, we’re having a really high-risk pregnancy,”‘ Casey said.
After 24 weeks, the survival rate of MoMo twins is about 75 to 80 percent.
Because her pregnancy was a high risk one, Casey was hospitalized during the last two months of her pregnancy.
Doctors closely monitored the mom-to-be for any potential complications.
‘It was nerve-wracking at each ultrasound not knowing if we had lost them to cord entanglement. But each week they were still there growing,’ she said.
‘It’s hard being in the hospital when you’re completely healthy and away from your family.’
‘But what kept me going is knowing that each day, every week we’re in here, we get to bring home healthy, happy baby girls and the boys can’t wait for the opportunity to have sisters,’ Casey said.
On December 1, 2017, the family welcomed baby girls Maya and Laia.
Because they were born eight weeks premature the babies were kept in the hospital for four weeks before they could go home.
But thankfully Casey said they didn’t have any complications after birth.
Today, the now-four-month-olds are thriving and settling into their new home – with the help of their older twin brothers.
‘They are doing excellent. Exceeding all expectations,’ Casey said. ‘And the boys absolutely adore them.