Mum-of-three Laura Donegan has said she owes the life of her twin girls to a Facebook group
CONCERNED mum-of-three Laura Donegan has said she owes her twins’ lives to a Facebook group after a flurry of mums alerted her to the warning signs of a potentially fatal condition.
The 30-year-old Mum from Coventry, West Mids, hadn’t a clue her waters had broken at 21 weeks after her first pregnancy went smoothly.
Unsure as to why she was losing fluid, Laura visited the doctor who she says assured her she had “wet herself” and advised her to “continue as normal.”
Call it motherly instinct, but Laura had a gut feeling something wasn’t quite right and took to Facebook to express her concerns on the Little Heartbeats group.
Within moments, Laura was inundated with advice from fellow mums who said she should make another appointment as she may be at risk from infection.
Three weeks later the mum was diagnosed with PPROM – pre-term premature rupture of the membranes – a condition where the sac surrounding the babies ruptures before week 37 of the pregnancy.
She said: “If I hadn’t have posted into the group about my concerns, I’d have never have known about pre-term premature rupture of the membranes and could have easily lost the girls.
“My first pregnancy went really smoothly, so I had no idea what to do when things started to go wrong.
“While the doctor told me I’d simply wet myself and said to ‘continue as normal’ – the ladies in the group said I should insist on antibiotics and lie down as much as possible so I didn’t lose too much fluid.
“I had to take three weeks off work before I eventually got a doctors note confirming my waters had broke allowing me a further six weeks off before the girls were born.”
Laura gave birth to twin girls Cara and Evie on 4 May this year, weighing 2lb 7oz and 3lb 1oz.
The newborn sisters went on to be in the high dependency unit for three weeks and four in the special care baby unit.
After a further three weeks in the transitional care unit, Laura and her partner Rich were able to bring the twins home.
The doting mum-of-three said: “Through following the advice the ladies gave me on the Facebook group – I was able to hold off my labour until 30 + 1 weeks which was still ten weeks early.
“If the twins would have been born at 21 weeks when my waters broke – they definitely wouldn’t have made it as doctors don’t intervene before 24 weeks as they wouldn’t have been seen as viable.
“I’m just so glad I reached out for further advice.
They are doing amazingly well and weighed 6lb 1oz and 7lb 1oz at their last health visitor visit! They’re feeding well and just beautiful, happy little girls. “
“Their older brother Max adores them and we can’t remember life without them – it’s great to finally have them home.
“Rich and I are so, so grateful for all the hard work of the neonatal nurses and doctors. “
“We wouldn’t have been able to bring the girls home without them.”