A woman who said she would never be a mother has spoken of her joy at having four babies in less than two years.
Kirsty Hannam, 31, was diagnosed with endometriosis at the age of 18 and doctors told her it was very unlikely she would have children.
But in November 2018, Kirsty found out she was expecting twins with her just three-month-old partner Rob O’Hara, 34, a civilian corrections officer.
She gave birth to William, who weighed 5 pounds 9 ounces, and Willow, who weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces, on June 11, 2019 at Bath Royal United Hospital.
Just six months later, she was back in the same hospital with severe pain caused by her endometriosis.
Doctors told her that she would eventually need a hysterectomy because of the disease.
But three months later, in March 2020, she found out she was pregnant again — with another set of twins.
Alice, who weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces and 5 pounds 3 ounces, Aoife, was born on October 14, 2020 – despite the odds of 12,500 to one against giving birth to two sets of twins.
Kirsty, a stay-at-home mum from Frome, Somerset, said: “It’s been absolutely amazing to go from saying I could never have children to four in a couple of years.
“Having two sets of twins is a real handful, but I feel so lucky and it’s such a blessing.”
After her early diagnosis of endometriosis, Kirsty had resigned herself to the prospect of never having children with her ex-husband. Their seven-year marriage ended in 2018.
She said: “I was married and settled and kids seemed like the next step but I knew it probably wasn’t going to happen.
“It was devastating because I always wanted to be a mother. When people asked me what I wanted to do, I said that’s what I wanted to do. But my partner and I have come to terms with it.”
After Kirsty and her husband split up, she began a new relationship with her former school friend Rob.
Kirsty said: “Rob knew all about my condition when we got together so it was never an issue.
“We spent our first romantic getaway together in Bruges, Belgium and I now know the twins were conceived there.
“It was a few weeks later and I just didn’t feel right. My hormones were a bit messed up so I decided to take a pregnancy test.
“It was actually also the day I moved in with Rob, so it was busy.
“I didn’t expect it to be positive in a million years, but when I saw it I just said, ‘Oh my God’ and told Rob.
“I said to him, ‘I’m so sorry, I didn’t think I could have kids.’
“But he was really happy and we were excited – even though we’d only been together for three months.
“But I didn’t want to get my hopes up as I was previously told that if a pregnancy ever happened, it would probably be ectopic.”
In November 2018, Kirsty went for her first scan with Rob by her side.
She said: “I was expecting something to be wrong because the sonographer flipped the screen, but then she told me I was having twins.
“I actually told her to jokingly walk away because I couldn’t really believe it. I just started laughing hysterically and then crying.
“I can’t even really remember what I was thinking. I just said to Rob, ‘Look baby we’re having twins’ and we just walked out and sat in the car in silence for a moment.
“He had a huge smile on his face. Then the excitement came and we couldn’t wait for them to get here, we felt so lucky.”
After William and Willow were born, Kirsty never thought she would have more children.
She said: “Rob and I wanted more children but we knew I would have to have a hysterectomy so we didn’t think it was actually going to happen.”
Her second pregnancy was a big surprise, but more was to come.
“At my first check-up, the midwife asked me if there were any twins in the family,” she said.
“I was like, ‘Oh no, please don’t tell me they’re twins.’ I was so concerned about how we would handle four babies and what we would do.
“Rob walked in and just started laughing hysterically. He thought it was absolutely brilliant and told me we would be fine.”
Kirsty added, “I feel so blessed to have been able to become a mother without medical intervention.
“It’s hard having two pairs of twins that young, but we have a routine. They all have their own little personalities and it’s wonderful to watch.”
Rob said: “It was terrifying at first. But the moment I saw the scan of the twins and two small eggs, I couldn’t imagine anything else.
“And to think that Kirsty thought she couldn’t have children — it was incredible.”
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