Nat chats with Jenna Morton about learning at 19 weeks gestation that her identical twins had Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) in utero and needed fetoscopic laser ablation surgery. Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome is a rare condition that can occur when abnormal blood vessel connections form in the twins’ shared placenta, creating an uneven blood flow between the babies.
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What is Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome?
Jenna Morton is a Canadian journalist with more than two decades of work in print, broadcast, and digital media. She’s been featured nationally by Today’s Parent, the Globe and Mail, Global TV, CBC Radio, and extensively throughout regional media. Her parenting resource, Pickle Planet Moncton, has been connecting families with each other and their community for five years. She is the contributing editor of Family 1st/Famille en premier, New Brunswick’s free, bilingual parenting magazine, and co-host of the Pickle Planet Podcast, aired daily on RogersTV in New Brunswick. Jenna is mom to three children: Clara, Alasdair, and Rory. Alasdair and Rory are identical twin boys, born at 32 weeks, after surviving Twin-to-Twin-Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) thanks to a fetoscopic laser ablation surgery performed at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital at 20 weeks. (That hospital is 1,500km (930 miles) away from their home.) The twins spent 35 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Moncton Hospital before coming home with very few residual impacts of TTTS. They are now seven years old, while their older sister is about to turn nine. Find Jenna on Facebook and Instagram.
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