A mum has become the first woman in the UK to give birth to triplets from two different wombs. 32-year-old Melanie Bassett was already a mum-of-two but was left stunned when doctors made the discovery that she was carrying identical babies in one of her wombs and another child in a second womb.
The parent first discovered she had two wombs when she was pregnant with her first child Phoebe, now three, in 2016. Along with her husband Ben, 33, Melanie, from Hampshire, then welcomed their first son Blake into the world in 2019.
But in January this year, the couple were amazed to welcome triplets, Brooke, Isabelle and Beau.
Having twins from two wombs, commonly known as uterus Didelphys, is estimated to be a one in a million occurrence. And Melanie is thought to be the first example of the rare case in the UK.
Melanie has uterus Didelphys which also creates the possibility of a second vagina. Rather than looking like a regular womb, the mum’s womb is heart-shaped with two chambers. The condition doesn’t make it harder for a woman to conceive but it increases the risk of a miscarriage or premature birth.
The mum had her first and second children via C-section. Then two months after welcoming her second child via CS, Melanie discovered she was pregnant again.
It wasn’t until the 12-week scan where the sonographer told the couple they were expecting triplets in separate wombs. Melanie and Ben were advised to go for scans every fortnight so doctors can keep an eye on the pregnancy. The triplets were eventually born via C-section at 32 weeks on January 26 this year.