Mom Gives Birth To Twin Girls, 30 Minutes Later Doctor Walks In And Tells Parents ‘I’m Sorry’
Nicola Bailey, 32, went into labor with her twins, Harper and Quinn at 33 weeks. She and her husband, Todd, were relieved to learn their baby girls were healthy. But just half an hour after their births, doctors came to the new parents with some news the medical staff felt they needed to apologize for: one of their babies had down syndrome.
After breaking this news about their baby girl, Harper, doctors gave the couple literature with a negative message about the condition. This left them scared and confused. Nicola was not deterred. “But as soon as I saw them both my heart just melted. They were both so beautiful,” she said.
She frequently posts on social media about their girls. “These two had something to smile about yesterday as Quinn now weighs a huge 8.7lb doubling her birth weight and Harper is 7.8lb she’s slowly but surely getting there and they have both now been discharged from the special care team so just under the health visitor now so proud of what they have achieved in such little time #movingforward”
These two had something to smile about yesterday as Quinn now weighs a huge 8,7lb doubling her birth weight and Harper is 7,8lb she’s slowly but surely getting there and they have both now been discharged from the special care team so just under the health visitor now so proud of what they have achieved in such little time
This mother was not going to allow Harper’s diagnosis define her. She decided to change the narrative. Nicola uses her blog and social media to spread the word about her girls and to share the positive aspects of having a child with Down syndrome.
“I’m definitely an ambassador for the ‘there’s nothing down about’ movement, as I’m a strong believer of that if we make the condition a positive thing then hopefully it’s a step forward to accepting people’s differences in this world,” she wrote.
“Well we had a lovely day yesterday, I loved twinning with girls I may have to do it more often I think. This amazing photo of us all which is so rare to get us all together was taken by my brother @the_scott_mason who heads back to the states today it’s been lovely spending time with him and for him and Ashley to meet the girls. We have lots of fun planned for today as we head off to one of Lucas besties birthday parties over at a farm, then we are have to watch the England game after #sundayfunday.
Though the mother chooses to focus on the positive, this does not mean her life is not without hardships. Both girls were born prematurely. Harper was born with two holes in her heart; one closed on its own. The other will require surgery to close when she’s older. This is common with children with down syndrome. Harper will also need more developmental therapy. This too does not stop Nicola from ensuring both her girls live the best lives possible.
Harper has the most beautiful eyes, the colour of them are amazing there actually blue but the blue is so dark they nearly look black I have never seen anything like them before, I have got a new blog post up all about Harper and about her having Down syndrome it was such a big shock at first but 15 weeks into our journey I feel I have got my head around it all now and do not feel like I need to burst into tear at every moment, I just see her as Harper #newblog Blog link in my bio, www.baileyandthebabies.wordpress.com/ #breadandboarderrepsearch
“I’m hoping the rest of our journey can stay as positive as it has been so far,” Nicola wrote. “Harper is such a beautiful baby girl, who has achieved so much in her little life and I am sure she was going achieve so much more. I’m currently one proud mama.”
She has sought support from groups made up of twins and mothers. Harper and Quinn’s bond will be different than other twins. They are already exhibiting that closeness common with pairs.
“They both light up when they are around each other and are looking at each other more and more,” Nicola told SWNS.
We yesterday was a success we have a 6.15lb and 6.7lb babies yeah! Their both gaining weight well and their very happy with them both of them. Harper is gaining weight a lot slower than Quinn, but this is because of her heart defect she so sleepy all the time but she is picking up with her feeds now hopefully she will keep it up #happybabies.”
What an incredible family! They will encounter bumps in the road, but as long as they work together, they can overcome anything.
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