Faye Wilkins had known for years that it was going to be difficult for her to have children. After five miscarriages, she told herself to accept the possibility that motherhood wasn't in her future.
But after being blessed by not one, but two successful pregnancies, she knows the one thing her children didn't share before they were born is what makes them true miracles.
As the Mirror reports, Wilkins was only fourteen when she learned that she had been born with a rare condition called uterus didelphys, causing her to have two cervixes, two wombs, and two vaginas. Because the differences only manifest internally, Wilkins thought that she was just a late bloomer until a uterine rupture sent her to the hospital where doctors finally diagnosed her with UD.
Wilkins had surgery to unite her two vaginas and prevent another rupture. Because uterine didelphys causes the reproductive organs to be half the normal size, she was told that implantation would be more difficult and she would be prone to miscarriages. In some cases, women with uterine didelphys can even be pregnant in both wombs simultaneously, with the siblings being delivered separately and days apart.
Wilkins says that she was always honest and open about her condition with the men she dated and what it meant about her ability to start a family.
“Having UD doesn't make you any less of a woman, your internal organs have just formed slightly differently,” she said.
Her condition meant that she had to approach pregnancy differently, and she had miscarried five times before becoming pregnant with her daughter Molly. She found that she was carrying Molly in her left womb and had a procedure done to increase the odds for her little girl.
With Molly I had a cervical stitch to stop her being born too prematurely as my womb is split in half its half the size, meaning it's much weaker."
She carried Molly as long as she could before giving birth seven weeks early via c-section to a healthy baby girl.
After meeting her current partner, Wilkins decided to try for another child. She miscarried once before she became pregnant with George, this time in her right womb. During this pregnancy, Wilkins was given steroids to help George grow more quickly. Born seven weeks premature, George was thus able to leave the NICU earlier.
Now happily blessed with two miracle children, Wilkins is hoping to spread more awareness about uterine didelphys. Never embarrassed to talk about her condition or what it means, she says she's surprised at how few people know about it— even medical professionals.
By bringing it into the open, she believes it might help other women with UD to know that it isn't something to be ashamed of.
Independent Journal Review reached out to Wilkins for comment, but she was unavailable.