Julia Grovenburg is one of only ELEVEN women in the world to manage the incredible phenomenon!
Julia Grovenberg‘s two little ones were conceived two and a half weeks apart and both grew together in her womb, before they were born by Caesarian section on the same day! And nope, they’re NOT twins! Did you know this can happen?
Julia, 33 and her husband Todd, 34 were desperate to start a family — but news of her double pregnancy, known as superfetation, brought fear and anxiety for the couple.
Doctors warned her that the condition was so rare, they had no idea if the babies would survive the pregnancy! And because their due dates were so far apart, December 24, 2009 and January 14, 2010, there was concern the younger baby would be too young to survive birth.
Julia, from Arkansas, explains, “When Todd and I first decided to have children I was really looking forward to being pregnant.“
“But pregnancy was the most stressful time of my life because no one, not even my doctors, knew what to expect.”
“It’s common knowledge and written down in medical books that you can’t get pregnant while you’re already pregnant, but somehow after years of trying to conceive I was the exception to the rule. I got pregnant twice in two weeks!”
After first suspecting she was carrying twins, Julia’s doctor was startled to discover her unborn babies were at different gestational ages — meaning they couldn’t have been conceived at the same time. After more tests were done, the superfetation was confirmed.
Julia says, “In our doctor’s 30 years of experience he’d never seen anything like it. (He) found the news too incredible, like it was some medical breakthrough he’d discovered in his office.”
The couple were referred to a specialist team in Little Rock, Arkansas, who steered her through her stressful pregnancy and delivered both babies successfully by C-section on December 2, 2009.
The tots, Jillian and Hudson are now 18 months old, and Julie insists it’s obvious one is ‘older’ than the other — even though they were born just seconds apart.
She explains, “They’re still very young but everyone can tell that Jillian is the older one. And when it comes to personalities they really couldn’t be any different.”
“Jillian is the feisty and willful one who’s always ahead of the game and Hudson is the comedian who likes to cuddle and laugh all the time.”
What an amazing story, HollyMoms!
– Ian Garland