Karen and Ian Gilbert are the proud parents of triplets named Ffion, Madison, and Paige. These adorable baby girls have finally returned home after spending six weeks in intensive care. Their remarkable journey began when Karen, 32, from Pontypool, Monmouthshire, gave birth two months early by cesarean section on August 2nd. She still can’t believe the whirlwind experience, saying, “It’s been crazy. I still feel like someone’s going to tell me I’ve had my time with them now and take them away.”
The story of these triplets started with a romantic journey, as Karen and Ian got married, went on a honeymoon to New York, and returned to find out they were expecting. Initially, they thought it was just one baby, but at eight weeks, Karen experienced severe pains. They feared a miscarriage, but to their astonishment, it was three babies fighting for space. The pregnancy took a toll on Karen, but she is now taking her time to recover and get to know her three beautiful girls. “Their personalities are already starting to shine through, and I can’t wait to get to know them better,” she expressed with excitement.
Despite being eight weeks old, the three girls are still tiny, weighing just six pounds each, not even the size of an average newborn. Proud father Ian, 34, a business manager, expressed, “At first, they didn’t look real, and you could pick them up with one hand. It was a bit of a shock. Now that we’ve got them home, we are coming to terms with it. They are starting to feel like our own.”
The journey to bring these triplets into the world was not without its challenges. Karen experienced a frightening incident when she fell down the stairs while pregnant. Thankfully, they made it through, and now the identical triplets share the same placenta and fluid, which has taken a toll on Karen’s body as they all grew rapidly and put strain on her muscles.
Medical professionals were concerned about twin-to-twin syndrome due to their identical nature, where the babies can take each other’s fluid or space and lead to complications. Despite being offered terminations by different hospitals, the couple couldn’t consider that option because these babies were theirs. They underwent regular scans to ensure the babies were growing well.
During the last scan at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, Karen experienced severe pain, which escalated into contractions, and she gave birth at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, but they were transferred back for antenatal care.
Now, the parents are relieved to have their three girls home. Karen, the administrative assistant, expressed her concerns during the challenging journey of bringing the triplets home. “We were worried the hospital wouldn’t have enough beds, and we’d have to split them up. It would have been horrible. There was also the worry that one would be ready to come home before the others. Luckily, we managed to keep them together. The doctors thought it could be up to three months before we could bring them home, so we feel privileged to have them here with us so soon.”
Julian Hayman, the press officer for Nevill Hall Hospital, shared the excitement among the midwives about having a triplet birth at the Royal Gwent Hospital. “Everyone involved has taken great care of the girls to ensure their speedy return home.”