A mother who thought she was expecting triplets was shocked when she gave birth to four babies.
Gemma Robson and partner Andy Raine beat odds 700,000 to one to welcome sisters Dani, Skye, Mia and Taylor.
Mr. Raine was so overcome with emotion that he passed out in the delivery room and missed the arrival of his daughters.
The couple planned to have one child, so were stunned when they learned at their 12-week scan that they were having triplets.
And if that wasn’t enough, at their third scan at 17 weeks, it was revealed that Mrs. Robson was in fact carrying four babies.
Raine, 33, from Sunderland, said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when we were told we were having quadruplets, and I almost passed out. But it’s a great feeling to see them here now.’
Gemma Robson and partner Andy Raine from Sunderland, who were expecting triplets but ended up having four babies
It wasn’t until Ms Robson had her third scan at 17 weeks that she was revealed to be carrying quadruplets (Photo: Dani)
Although all four are ‘doing well’ due to their size and being born more than two months premature, they required neonatal care, initially placed in incubators (pictured is Skye)
The couple overcame odds of 700,000 to one to welcome sisters Dani, Skye, Mia and Taylor into the world (pictured is Mia)
One of the babies, Taylor, needed extra support with oxygen, but is now thriving along with her sisters (Photo: Taylor)
Due to a shortage of preterm care beds, two of the babies – Skye and Dani – were taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, while the other two – Mia and Taylor – remained at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle
The four baby girls, who weigh 3 pounds each, were due to give birth by cesarean section on December 7.
However, the quadruplets had other ideas when Ms Robson went into labor on Saturday, November 18.
Ms Robson, 35, from Whitburn, South Tyneside, said: ‘Friday night I was a little uncomfortable but with four babies there I thought they were just walking around. However, on Saturday morning I woke up and couldn’t get up.
‘My waters hadn’t broken but I felt my contractions had started so we drove to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI).
‘After examination, I was taken away for an emergency caesarean section.’
Last Sunday at 7:45 am Dani, Skye, Mia and Taylor were welcomed to the world.
Although all four are “doing well” due to their size and being born more than two months premature, they required neonatal care, initially placed in incubators.
Taylor needed extra support with oxygen.
Due to a shortage of preterm care beds, Skye and Dani were taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, while Mia and Taylor remained on the RVI.
On Tuesday morning, all four babies were transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital, where they will now be cared for for at least 12 weeks.
On Tuesday morning all four babies were transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital where they will now be cared for for at least 12 weeks (Photo: Gemma Robson and Andy Raine with one of their babies)
Father Andy Raine (pictured) ultimately missed the quadruplets’ arrival after he passed out in the delivery room.
Ms Robson added: ‘I still don’t think I’ve processed it all yet. I have a mixture of emotions because I’m glad they all turned out okay and it’s a great relief because they got really heavy to carry, but of course you’re still worried that they’ll be okay.”
The baby’s father eventually missed the arrival of the quadruplets after he passed out in the delivery room.
Mr Raine, who works in retail, said: ‘I was in a bit of shock in the delivery room and can’t really remember the babies coming when I passed out and woke up on a pillow on the floor.
“By the time I came to, all four were born and it was a great feeling to see them. They’re healthy, but small and premature so I didn’t get to hold Skye until Tuesday, which was great.’
The pair are not currently living together, but have applied to South Tyneside Council for a house that can house both them and the newcomers, as well as Gemma’s 10-year-old daughter, Millie Grace, from a previous relationship.
Mr. Raine added: “You can’t get a pram for four babies and so we’re looking at two doubles.”
Ms Robson, who works in finance, added: ‘I’m really looking forward to having all the girls home, but going from one child to five is quite daunting.’