An Australian mom who was born with two vaginas and told she’d have a tough time getting pregnant has beaten the odds and given birth to four babies.
Lauren Cotter, 34, found out she had two vaginas and two reproductive systems after having particularly bad periods as a teen.
Although she had surgery to remove the divide between her two vaginas, because her uterus was still split, doctors told her the chances of her conceiving were slim.
When she met her husband, she was honest with him about her condition.
“From quite early on, Ben and I discussed having children, and it was clear that he really wanted to be a dad,” she told PA Real Life. “I knew I had to be open and honest and tell him that might not be a possibility for me.”
When they got married, however, Cotter quickly got pregnant and in 2014, she gave birth to their first daughter, Amelie, from her right uterus.
Nearly two years later, Cotter got pregnant again and gave birth to the couple’s son, Harvey, from her left uterus.
“… We have found it easy to fall pregnant,” she said. “I am not sure why, or if it has anything to do with my two vaginas.”
The mom ended up getting an arm implant to prevent further pregnancies weeks after Harvey was born, so she was “shocked” when she found out she was pregnant with twin girls.
She was put on bed rest for 19 weeks because doctors weren’t sure how her small uterus would hold twins.
Cotter carried the twins to 37 weeks, however, and the twins were born in June of last year. One of the girls had to have surgery due to a congenital diaphragmatic hernia at 5 days old, but now both twins – Maya and Evie – are thriving.
“Ben and I are one super-fertile couple, and now we’re happy with things just as they are.”