A mother has become the first in the UK to give birth to triplets carried in two separate wombs.
Melanie Bassett, 32, already a mother-of-two, was stunned when doctors discovered she was carrying identical babies in one womb, and another single foetus in the other.
Brooke and Isabelle, along with their younger triplet Beau, were born in January.
There are all sorts of variances possible among humans. With 7 billion of us we’re not in an infinite universe where everything must happen but still, quite a lot of rare things will. So there are cases of double penis, two vaginas and so on. Two wombs is rare but not unheard of. We’d expect perhaps 20 women in the UK to have the two uteri.
But are they actually triplets? We can, and do – although not in colloquial language – make the distinction between sharing an amniotic sac and not sharing between twins (monoamniotic etc). But the usual assumption is sharing a womb or uterus. It’s definitely a shared pregnancy. But does that non-monouterine, to coin a neologism, mean they’re not really triplets but twins and a sibling?
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