A Massachusetts woman who went to renew her birth control prescription learned she was expecting four babies.
But not just any four babies — two sets of identical twins.
Ashley Ness, 35, of Taunton, Mass., learned she was expecting in February, then got the shocking news two weeks later, People reported.
“I’m having twins?” Ness recalled asking the ultrasound technician, who replied, “I don’t know, honey,” and left the room.
Turns out, the technician had to Google what was potentially going on.
She returned and asked if anyone told Ness she was having twins – then asked her to hold off on telling people.
“So she starts the ultrasound back up,” Ness recounted. “And she goes, ‘Honey, there’s actually four babies in here.’”
More specifically, two sets of identical twins.
The high-risk pregnancy is due to two eggs fertilized at the same time, and then each fertilized egg divides again, according to the magazine. Each split egg remains in its own placenta, unlike traditional quadruplets, where the four eggs would be encased separately.
Ness, a part-time hairstylist, has an eight-year-old daughter and they live with her boyfriend and his two youngest sons.
Ness told People she suffered four miscarriages as they tried to conceive.
“I just kind of accepted that I was blessed with one child, and I took on his boys as my own,” Ness said. “So, I’m like, ‘My life is complete,’ never expecting to find out that I’m having another baby.”
Well, babies, the news of which came as “a big shock.”
She learned that one set of twins will be male, the other female.
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“It’s truly been just a blessing after a blessing,” Ness told the magazine, but she acknowledged, “This is going to be crazy.”
Ness’ friends launched a GoFundMe page, knowing the average cost for quadruplets is more than $68,000 a year.
“These expenses do not include specialized treatments for preemies, which they will be,” reads the page. “The babies are due in October; however, for the health and well-being of Ashley and her babies, they will most likely be delivered in mid-August. Ashley cannot return to work as these tiny miracles will need round-the-clock care for most of their first year.”
Ness is admittedly – and understandably – “very excited” and “also very nervous at the same time” on her family’s next chapter.
She is one of four siblings and will be making sure her sister and two brothers pitch in and help.
“Even if they didn’t want to be part of the team, they’re going to be part of the team,” Ness says. “They have no choice.”
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