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Leigh Sitch

London Marathon

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In 2016 there were 21,887 multiple births in England & Wales – representing 3.2% of all births. The multiple birth community face many disadvantages compared to singleton families. According to the latest data, twins are still over 6 times more likely to end in a stillbirth and over three times more likely to end with a neonatal death.[/p][p]In May 2016 my wife and I found out that she was pregnant, we continued to lead our normal lives as we approached the 12 week scan in July. We arrived at the hospital excited to see the images of our little one on the ultrasound. Within a minute of being in the room the radiographer asked us if we had twins in the family, we both responded no, and her response was 'well you do now'. With both shock and excitement running through us we were overjoyed to see our two little babies moving around. After the scan we had to stay and speak to a specialist midwife who talked us through the fact that we would be having 4 weekly scans to check the development of the twins. Many of the leaflets that were given to us were preparing you for difficult pregnancies with many worst-case scenarios. Such as half of multiple birth mothers give birth prematurely with nearly 50% spending time in a neonatal unit and mums have twice the risk of developing postnatal depression.[/p][p]Having read the leaflets from the hospital we were apprehensive to start buying baby clothes, cots, push chairs, etc due to the higher risks involved with having a multiple pregnancy. As we counted down the weeks until the 20 week scan we continued to become more and more excited especially as the time approached to see our two little bundles again. Luckily at the 20 week scan everything was progressing as it should have been and we would now be seen every 4 weeks, followed by an appointment with a specialist Consultant for multiple births. As these 4 weekly scans progressed the doctors started to become concerned about one of the babies as they started to slow down their growth while the other baby continued to grow at a normal rate. With the support of TAMBA we were able to find articles on line to help inform us about what implications this may have and what this may mean for our babies. They were more than happy to respond to us via email when we needed to ask more specific questions. [/p][p]Due to the concerns of both babies being breach and the size difference now exceeding 20% it was decided that we would have a planned caesarean at 36 weeks in order to best ensure that the smaller foetus would be ok and have to spend the least amount of time in intensive care. At our last scan the plan for the day was discussed, everything from time of arrival to what to expect afterwards. We had been prepared for the fact that my wife would have her two surgeons and that both children would also have a doctor and their team in the delivery room with us. That we should also be prepared that it is likely we would not be able to hold either baby when born as it is likely they may need to be rushed off for resuscitation. Having heard all of this though when the time came for the delivery my wife and I were blown away by the 15 doctors and nurses that were in the room which heightened our anxiety. Luckily for us we were blessed with two beautiful boys who were a healthy weight which meant that they could spend time with us before being taken to the maternity suite and neonatal unit.[/p][p]Despite both boys arriving safely we had to spend 7 days in the hospital in and out of the neonatal unit due to both boys not putting weight on and dropping 10% below their birth weight. The support that we received at this time from TAMBA was invaluable as we were worried by this, we were able to access information about how to manage a hospital stay when your twins are spending time in NICU. [/p][p]We had also read up about what to expect when we returned home, different feeding methods, sleep, having them sleep in the same cot, the list is endless. Once at home everything went relatively smoothly but we still used TAMBA too look at webinars about sleeping and any worries or anxieties that we have had with the boys. [/p][p]We know that we are very lucky to have two healthy little boys and that we were blessed with being able to hold them seconds after being born and that we could spend precious moments together as a family before we left the recovery suite. Having continued to receive the TAMBA magazines we have read many stories of parents and families who have not been so lucky, that have had very poorly babies and have only been able to touch their babies through an incubator. [/p][p]Without charities such as TAMBA the important research that has supported us would not be available. Fundraising is imperative to the ongoing research and support that TAMBA offer and to my wife and I this has been invaluable. [/p][p]Although sporty I have never enjoyed running and two summers ago would struggle to complete a 5 kilometre run. I have set myself this challenge to raise money and awareness of the research and support that TAMBA offer many families. [/p][p]Any donations you can make big or small will help TAMBA to continue the wonderful research they carry out about multi births and hopefully reduce the number of premature births and still births.[/p]
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May 9, 2019

The Winships

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019

Shelley's

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 30, 2019

Jill and Paul Whiting

Well done Leigh, congratulations for a great run.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Robin Judy Matthew and Ben Dixon

Well done! Had a great day watching the race.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019

Anonymous

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Adam L

Well done Leigh! Good luck, dig deep you can do it!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Jonathan Caulfield

Good luck buddy

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

John

Best of luck tomorrow old boy!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019

Brandi Dean

£30.00

Apr 27, 2019

Craig