This Mom Is Pregnant With Two Sets of Identical Twins

One woman thought she was done having children after multiple losses—now, she's having a 1 in 10 million pregnancy.

Mom Ashley Ness with her family
Photo: Courtesy of Lindsey Wakefield Photography

Ashley Ness, a part-time hairstylist, went to her gynecologist to renew her birth control in February. Instead, she got the surprise of her life—she was pregnant. But the news that came later was even more surprising as well as a medical rarity. Ness' doctor pointed to four developing babies.

Ness went for more tests and learned she was pregnant with two sets of identical twins.

If you've never heard of this happening before, you're not alone. It's a rarity of "like 1 in 10 million," Dr. Ahmet Baschat, director of the Center for Fetal Therapy and a professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, who is not involved in Ness' care, told People.

Even Baschat and Ness' ultrasound tech had never seen anything like it.

So, how does someone wind up pregnant with two sets of identical twins?

Baschat told People that it requires two eggs to be fertilized at the same time. Then, each one splits. The split eggs are encased in separate placentas, so each is developing one set of identical twins. This makes Ness' developing babies different than quadruplets. Quadruplets involve four individually fertilized eggs encased in their own placentas.

The four little ones already have names: Chelsey, Chatham, Chance, and Cheston. Ness says it's a family tradition to start names with a "CH." The babies will have company when they arrive. Ness has one child, Chanel, 8. Her boyfriend, Val, has two sons: Isaiah, 10, and Zayden, 7.

Ashley Ness
Lindsey Wakefield Photography

Ness had hoped to have more children, but she had four pregnancy losses and figured it wasn't meant to be.

"I just kind of accepted that I was blessed with one child, and I took on his boys as my own," Ness told People. "So, I'm like, 'My life is complete,' never expecting to find out that I'm having another baby."

Ness was shocked, to say the least. But friends are already stepping up to help the family out—it takes a village, after all. The family's GoFundMe page already has more than $10,000 in donations.

Baschat's advice? Try buying lotto tickets.

"If she were playing the lottery, if she's this lucky, she would be very rich," he told People.

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