The mother of IVF triplets known as “miracle babies” expressed her happiness that all three survived despite the fact that the twins arrived at 26 weeks and eight days after the first. After meeting in 2008, Sarita Saltmarsh and her husband Colin from Sydney, Australia, were so eager to start a family that they spent £20,000 on reproductive therapy. Yasmin, their first child, was delivered unexpectedly at home on February 28. Four ambulances, one for the mother and one for each of the triplets arrived within minutes of the first birth.
But to the surprise of the medical staff, the other two children remained inside Saltmarsh. It took more than a week for them to be born. After giving birth to Yasmin, Mrs. Saltmarsh was hospitalized and eight days later, after her second natural labor, she gave birth to Yasmin’s brother, Suntaj, and sister Zarine, about 20 minutes apart. Mrs Saltmarsh had to remove all three placentas by hand, battle an infection and lose a significant amount of blood.
According to medical professionals, double labor is so uncommon that many obstetricians aren’t even aware it might occur. Most multiple births occur within a half-hour of one another when delivered naturally or just one to two minutes apart when delivered via caesarean section. The Saltmarsh grandparents have yearned for a child of their own ever since the two of them first met. From a previous marriage, Saltmarsh has two kids, Sahil, 12, and Simran, 15.
In an interview with the Sydney Herald, Mrs. Saltmarsh said: “Learning I was going to have three was a major surprise because it’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to have another kid. Yasmin is still in need of attention but she is doing well. Both her brother Suntaj and sister Zarine are receiving intensive care.
Dr. Chris Wilkinson, head of obstetrics, gynecology, and fetal medicine at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, said that in a few unusual circumstances, such as this one, he and his group of experts have left newborns in the hospital, giving them more time to develop and be healthier.
Mrs Saltmarsh said: ‘It’s amazing, we feel incredibly fortunate that delaying their birth, even just eight days has made such a difference, they are so much fatter and stronger.