A mum who didn’t know she was ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ went on to have triplets in a staggering turn of events in th Mɪᴅʟᴀɴᴅs. Bethany Smith ɢᴀᴠᴇ ʙɪʀᴛʜ to two girls and a boy after having to have an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ Cᴀᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ during ʟᴏᴄᴋᴅᴏᴡɴ. The mum, from Burton, in Staffordshire, welcomed girls Kiren and Kirit, and boy Arjan, at 31 weeks on April 4.
Bethany Smith, 26, from Burton, Staffordshire, and her partner Kay Singh, 38, welcomed daughters Kiren and Kirit and son Arjan on April 4. Student teacher and part-time hairdresser Bethany, already mum to Reuben, seven, Pria, six, and Mari, four, hadn’t been trying for more children and had a ᴄᴏɪʟ ᴅᴇᴠɪᴄᴇ ꜰɪᴛᴛᴇᴅ. The ᴄᴏɪʟ – also known as an ɪɴᴛʀᴀᴜᴛᴇʀɪɴᴇ ᴅᴇᴠɪᴄᴇ (I.U.D) – is a small T-shaped device ᴘᴜᴛ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏᴍʙ by a doctor or nurse.
It releases copper which makes it more difficult for sᴘᴇʀᴍ to reach an ᴇɢɢ and sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ and is designed to prevent ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴄʏ for between five and 10 years. Neither Bethany nor Kay have multiple births in their family, so it was a big sʜᴏᴄᴋ to discover they were expecting triplets. The three babies were delivered at just 31 weeks at the Royal Derby Hospital and put on ᴠᴇɴᴛɪʟᴀᴛᴏʀs immediately because their ʟᴜɴɢs were so weak. It meant the couple were separated from their brood at birth and were unable to see them for several days due to the ʀɪsᴋ posed by Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19.
Arjan weighed 3lb 5oz, Kiren was 3lb 4oz and Kirit was 3lb 9oz, and the three babies remained in hospital for three weeks. Bethany told The Derby Telegraph: “It was really ʜᴏʀʀᴇɴᴅᴏᴜs. I couldn’t see the girls for two days as they were on ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴇǫᴜɪᴘᴍᴇɴᴛ. Only one parent could visit once a day and we had to wear masks, gowns and gloves. It was very surreal and not how you’d imagine. All the excitement of having a baby was ᴛᴀᴋᴇɴ ᴀᴡᴀʏ because of Cᴏᴠɪᴅ-19. We couldn’t do what normal parents would.”
Bethany had a sᴄᴀʀᴇ at 26 weeks when she went into ʟᴀʙᴏᴜʀ and was rushed to a hospital in London where thankfully they managed to stop it. After they were born, the trio remained in hospital for three weeks before they were allowed to go home. Kay said it was ‘ʜᴇᴀʀᴛʙʀᴇᴀᴋɪɴɢ’ when the triplets were whisked away to intensive care after the birth and he and Bethany had to visit them separately. He admitted: “We couldn’t kiss them and that was very difficult. It’s been a really difficult few weeks and very sᴛʀᴇssꜰᴜʟ.” Kay said the triplets are ‘ᴀʙsᴏʟᴜᴛᴇ ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇs’, adding: ‘It was touch and go that they would even sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ the birth. Now they’re been born in the middle of this ᴘᴀɴᴅᴇᴍɪᴄ,’ he said. The triplets are now said to be making great progress.