Twin sisters, Quinn and Harper, made their way into the world in February 2018.
Born to British parents Nicola and Todd Bailey, Nicola was just 33 weeks pregnant when she gave birth. The now-parents of three were “overjoyed” to be the parents of two beautiful baby girls.Inside Edition
And as Nicola and Todd told Inside Edition, they wouldn’t change anything about their girls, not even the fact that Harper has Down syndrome — something they didn’t know she had until she was born.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder:
Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome, which is about 1 in every 700 babies born.
Down syndrome results when abnormal cell division involving chromosome 21 occurs. These cell division abnormalities result in an extra partial or full chromosome 21.
According to Inside Edition, as a nurse and a mom to a four-year-old son, Nicola knew how important it was for her to get every checkup and scan available before her twins were born.Inside Edition
However, none of the tests she took revealed that Harper, who was born 38 minutes before her sister, would have Down syndrome.
Nicola told the website that looking back on the end of her pregnancy, she definitely had “a weird feeling” because she “got bigger a lot quicker than [her] previous pregnancy.” She also experienced a lot more nausea this time around.
Following Harper’s birth and the tests that would confirm she had Down syndrome, the doctor approached Nicola and Todd saying that he was “sorry” about the diagnosis.
Nicola admitted to Inside Edition that the apology didn’t phase her:
“All I really remember is the doctor saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ But as soon as I saw them both, my heart just melted. They were both so beautiful.”
Harper was also born with a hole in her heart. She is expected to require surgery by the time she is six years old.Inside Edition
Todd and Nicola are now dedicating their time to spreading Down syndrome awareness and doing their best not to compare Harper to Quinn or Quinn to Harper:
“Harper is Harper and Quinn is Quinn. They are not the same so I try not to compare them, however hard that may be.”
Following the birth of their twins, the parents told Inside Edition that they wouldn’t change anything about their family. She added:
“Our family is unique and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”