The journey to motherhood is not always easy, and a hopeful Australian mother learned that the hard way.

According to Little Things, Terry-Ann Tunks was over the moon for the birth of her first son. Unfortunately, tragedy struck the Queensland mother and her partner, Cameron Pollard, 22 weeks into her pregnancy.

She was unable to carry her child to term, and the couple lost their first son, Taj Robert.

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Despite the difficulty, the couple was determined to start a family. They pushed forward, and a year later, they were awarded with amazing news — Tunks was pregnant once more. And this time, with twins.

But complications sneaked up on the parents once more. Doctors noticed a weakening cervix about 16 weeks into Tunks’s pregnancy and were skeptical that she would be able to keep her two new bundles of joy. The likelihood of survival was low.

She explained to the Daily Mail:

“Doctors noticed my cervix was weakening at 16 weeks and we were warned the likelihood of our twins surviving was slim.”

Tunks dived into research that could save her coming children’s lives, and came across something called a “cervical stitch.” Also known as cervical cerclage, a cervical stitch is a procedure in which the cervix is sewn shut during pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, some possible risks include infection, cervical tears, preterm labor, and a possible miscarriage.

In the face of potential risks, Tunks underwent the cervical stitch operation and, 26 weeks into her pregnancy, gave birth to Cadence and Tori. The twin girls came into the world under 2 pounds each, unable to breathe.

Posted by Terry-Ann Tunks on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fortunately, 12 weeks later, they are happy, healthy, and thriving.

The mother of two believes that this is a teachable lesson for any mothers who suffer similarly.

Posted by Terry-Ann Tunks on Monday, March 20, 2017

She said:

“The stitch saved my girls, and I know without it they wouldn’t have survived. I would encourage moms to always push for the treatment they need.”

Both parents tell the Daily Mail that they are “extremely lucky” that their daughters survived — chalking their success up to a little miracle and a lot of love.

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