The story is of Kaylie DeShane, she went into labor with her triplets at 22 weeks.
Although her first son Cian was born shortly after her waters broke on December 28, 2019, the other two babies stayed put and doctors decided to delay their birth so they could get a little stronger.
Five days later – and in an entirely new decade – Rowan and Declan arrived.
Kaylie, 33, currently holds the world record for the longest interval between the birth of triplets after beating the previous record of two days.
Kaylie said: ‘After trying to fall pregnant four years, with my husband, Brandon, 35, we decided to try IVF.
We already have an adopted son, Holden, seven, and a step-daughter, Naveah, 12, but we wanted a sibling for them.
‘We decided to place two embryos rather than just one because we thought we would have a better chance of having a baby.
We were told that there was a 10 per cent chance of it ending up being twins and a one per cent chance of it being a triplet pregnancy.
‘So we really never expected that we would actually end up having triplets.
‘When we found out we were having three babies we were so shocked but it was incredible. We would have been happy with one baby, and now we were having three.’
Kaylie had been advised earlier in her pregnancy to terminate the two identical babies of the triplets to give one baby a better chance of surviving but she decided against this.
At 16 weeks it was discovered that her cervix was failing and that she would need emergency surgery to stitch it up as I was 1 to 2cm dilated.
“It was absolutely terrifying because we thought we might lose Cian because he was the baby that was closest to the exit. There is a risk that the surgery can rupture the sac. “
But luckily that didn’t happen and the surgery worked.
For the next few weeks of the pregnancy, she had to focus on resting in bed to keep her babies inside of her.
The process of giving birth to babies
At 22 weeks and five days, she went for an anatomy scan where she was told everything was fine. However, later that evening her waters broke.
‘I was so scared because I was only 22 weeks pregnant, I had no idea if babies would live or survive if they were born at this point in the pregnancy.’
Admitted to hospital, she woke up the next morning and panicked when she saw some heavy bleeding. Then very quickly, Cian was being born.
She recalls doctors shouting and not knowing if the baby was alive or not because they couldn’t get reading on him.
After they pulled him out they eventually managed to stabilise him.
He was taken over to the NICU. He was so small.
He weighed less than 1lbs.
She lay there expecting the next two babies to come but nothing happened.
‘I kept asking where the other two babies are and the doctors said we don’t want them to come out if we can help it.
‘Nothing was happening and the doctors explained to me that they wanted to hold off delivering the next to babies for as long as possible because it was so earlier in the pregnancy.
‘The hospital had never had any 22-week babies that survived and Cian only had a nine per cent chance of making it.
After spending five days in labour at 10 cm dilated, the next two babies, Declan and Rowan, were born. Declan weighed 1lbs 7oz and Rowan was 1lbs 1oz.
Declan and Rowan were stabilised and whisked off to NICU alongside their brother.
The babies spent a total of four months in the NICU. It was touch and go at times for each of them.
“But we didn’t lose faith and we kept fighting for our babies” She said.
Declan was the first baby to come home with us on April 17. He made it home before their actual due date of April 26.
Rowan was the next baby to come home on April 30, and Cian came home on May 4. And the children finally had their family at home together.
And although it was amazing, it was terrifying. They were all still on oxygen so they hardly left the nursery. But by Autumn they had all been weaned off the oxygen.
They are all breathing perfectly and growing great. They are hitting all of their milestones and aren’t behind at all.
They’re healthy, thriving and even close to walking which is incredible because we were never sure that they were going to make it.
So proud of them for the fight they fought !