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Woman who thought she had stomach bug was actually giving birth to twins

Woman who thought she had stomach bug was actually giving birth to twins

She'd woken up in the early hours in 'a lot of pain'

A woman who thought she had a stomach bug ended up unexpectedly giving birth to twin boys – a situation that was understandably ‘very overwhelming’.

Lucy Shaw, 34, woke up in the early hours of 5 July in ‘a lot of pain’, and thought she had a stomach bug.

When the pain worsened, she called her mum – who instantly realised her daughter was not experiencing the symptoms of an upset tummy and called for an ambulance.

However, before paramedics arrived, Lucy gave birth to little Jacob, who was born early at 30 weeks after being delivered with the help of his grandma.

His younger brother Jaxon was born 15 minutes later, but thankfully by that point the paramedics had arrived to help.

University Hospitals of North Midlands

Shaw, from Biddulph in Staffordshire, said: “I woke up in the early hours feeling unwell and thought I had a tummy bug. A few hours later I called my mum because by then, I was in a lot of pain.

“When she arrived she took one look at me and called for an ambulance, it was definitely not a tummy bug!

“Whilst mum was on the phone to the operator, they asked if she could see anything and it then dawned on me to check and I could feel a head!

“I kept trying not to push and was saying they can’t come yet as it’s too soon but the operator told me I must push if I felt like I needed to.

“A few minutes later, Jacob was born at 6am with my mum delivering him just as the paramedics arrived to then deliver Jaxon at 6:15am.”

Lucy is now singing the praise of the Neonatal Unit at University Hospitals of North Midlands, which cared for her premature twins since they were admitted four weeks ago, weighing just 3lb 9oz and 3lb 8oz, respectively.

After being born suddenly at home, Jacob and Jaxon were taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital where they were admitted to the Neonatal Unit and put on ventilators to help them breathe.

Lucy also had to be taken to the birthing suite due to blood loss.

She continued: “The care the neonatal unit has provided for us has been amazing. I didn’t know what to expect and found the whole situation very overwhelming but everyone was so supportive and reassuring. I knew Jacob and Jaxon were under the best care. Within a week they were both breathing on their own.

University Hospitals of North Midlands

“The nurses and assistants have helped and encouraged us every step of the way to ensure we still felt like the boy’s parents.

“At first, even just changing a nappy on such a tiny baby was quite scary but with the nurse’s support, we soon got the hang of it as well as learning to feed them via an NG tube.

“I really can’t thank the team enough for taking care of our boys.”

Lee Abbott, Clinical Lead, Neonatology at UHNM said: “Jacob and Jaxon really are true miracle babies. On arrival they were so cold that they had unrecordable body temperatures, they both had blood acid levels that were not consistent with survival and they also had low blood pressures. They have both pulled through are doing incredibly well and are expected to be able to go home with minimal special care.

“I would also like to recognise the excellent efforts of the paramedic team at WMAS for their high standard care, without whom this amazing outcome would not have been possible.”

Now aged 34 weeks, Jacob and Jaxon are continuing to do well – and are even due to be heading home within the next few weeks.

Lucy added: “I am looking forward to getting them home when they are ready. We really can’t wait.”

Featured Image Credit: University Hospitals of North Midlands

Topics: Parenting, UK News