paint 3Shannon

Mom to Chase and Cayden

December 22, 2012

Brooklyn, New York

At 20 weeks, December 22, 2012, I lost my twin boys. Two days prior to going into preterm labor, I noticed a nickel-sized discharge with a speck of pink in it. I called my doctor and he let me know that if I saw more blood throughout the day to go to L&D. I knew in my heart that something was not right. I went to L&D that day and was given a pelvic exam, set up on monitors and assured that nothing was wrong and was sent home. Less than 48 hours later, I woke up at 3:30 a.m. to severe lower back pain and 5 bowel movements in 2 hours. My husband and I rushed to the hospital. I noticed that my pain was every 1-2 minutes and that it was probably contractions.

When I arrived at the hospital, I was given another exam and was told I was 1cm and in active labor. We knew at 20 weeks babies were not viable outside the womb. My doctor was called and we were sent to a room to wait for him. I was hooked up to IV’s and spent the next 2 hours in hard labor. My doctor arrived at 8 a.m., and the second he walked in, my water broke and I was ready to deliver. My firstborn, Chase, was born at 8:23 a.m. and Cayden was born at 8:29 a.m. Both were born alive and gone within 15 minutes. My husband and I were able to spend the whole morning with our babies. We were told that these things happen and there was no indication I was going to go into labor. I kept thinking that maybe a shot would have stopped the labor, but we can all agree that a 5-hour labor, then birth was very fast and nothing would have stopped my labor.

My husband and I have been dealing with infertility for almost 3 years now and our twins were the result of injections with IUI. We are terrified that this will happen again and we wish there were more answers. We are trusting our faith that there are reasons unknown to us why this has happened. My husband is currently serving in the US Coast Guard and we are stationed in Brooklyn, NY.

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  1. Kristina says:

    I have a similar story. We lost our twins at 22 weeks 5 days. Still not sure why and it’s hard not to stress about future pregnancies. We love them so much and wish we had some answers. Prayers for you. ❤️

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