For parents anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby, the fear of some sort of health complication can be the scariest thing imaginable. Naturally, when Lisa and Darren Hansen found out their unborn twins were in serious danger, they felt their hearts drop.

The expecting parents were faced with some difficult decisions, but they refused to give up—even though it was in their best interests. Against the wishes of their doctors, the couple fought for their babies, even though they had to face some pretty rough consequences…

All expecting parents know that waiting for their child to arrive can be excruciatingly nerve-wracking. Their minds constantly sort through every possible health complication and outcome. Lisa and Darren Hansen were no different.

The young couple, who recently learned that they were expecting twins, could not have been more excited. Finally, they were going to be able to raise the family they’d always dreamed of having together!

Their excitement was short-lived, however, as an ultrasound revealed that their unborn twins were actually suffering from a serious condition. The likelihood of Lisa giving birth to “normal” babies was suddenly extremely low…

Doctors informed the couple that their unborn babies were monochorionic monoamniotic twins. This rare condition would certainly complicate Lisa’s pregnancy and result in some unusual conditions. Their doctors recommended that the couple abort.

Lisa and Darren had already picked out names for their babies—River and Piper—and they were upset by the thought that they might have to terminate the pregnancy. As they learned, monochorionic monoamniotic twins, or “MoMo” twins, suffer from a high-risk condition…

This meant that the identical twins would wind up in the same gestational sac. Doctors explained that there was a chance that the babies’ umbilical cords would become entangled, which could have severe effects on their development.

Lisa and Darren were in complete shock; they were more than ready to become new parents. “We were blessed with twins! Then we found out they were rare monochorionic monoamniotic twins,” Lisa wrote in a blog post. “What an emotional roller coaster.”

Despite their doctors’ recommendations, Lisa and Darren weren’t ready to abort—and they made the choice to move forward with the pregnancy. As was anticipated by their doctors, however, those potential complications quickly became a reality.

As the fetuses continued to grow, one of the umbilical cords became wrapped tightly—in a braided pattern—around the other baby’s cord. This significantly restricted the babies’ ability to develop healthily, as it limited the flow of nutrients.

At just five months and halfway through her pregnancy, Lisa was forced to become an inpatient at her hospital. The risk of something happening to the twins was incredibly high, and the expecting mother had to be monitored around the clock.

“We’re told we need to see a specialist and she tells us she has never in her whole career seen our kind of twin, it’s that rare,” Lisa explained. “She tells us she is concerned and explains why. It’s hard not to be scared. All we can do is start to make a plan to give our kids the best chance possible.”

While in the hospital, Lisa’s family and friends were a constant presence. They visited her every day to offer the couple as much support as they needed. It was important to keep Lisa happy and feeling strong—both for her sake and the babies.

Complicating matters further, Darren was forced to relocate for a job he’d accepted prior to the pregnancy. Even though the couple planned to move together, there was no chance Lisa could risk it now in her condition. She and Darren would just have to deal with the distance.

The couple received even more bad news when their dog passed away. He was an older dog, but the loss was yet another tough pill to swallow. “At 30 weeks we were heartbroken to say goodbye to our very senior and sick fur baby,” Lisa wrote. Still, she and Darren held their heads high.

Shortly after, Lisa learned she would have to deliver her twins earlier than she’d originally expected. With Darren away at work, she grew anxious about the future. Would their children be okay?

“Nine days till I get to see our babies and six till I get to see Darren! I am so excited,” Lisa wrote in a blog post. “I try to remain calm and not get worked up but it is hard, I feel calm but my body is wound up.”

Finally, after making it to 32 weeks, Lisa safely delivered her twins through an emergency cesarean section. They were premature, and the first baby weighed just three pounds and 12 ounces; the second was three pounds and 14 ounces. Just like that, River and Piper were welcomed into the world.

The babies were quickly transported to incubators. Piper also needed light therapy because she was born with jaundice. Luckily, it wasn’t long before they were in the arms of their loving parents!

Lisa and Darren knew that their newborn girls weren’t quite out of the woods just yet. In fact, they would still have to go through weeks of testing and various X-rays at the hospital. Additionally, they would need to learn to bottle feed.

As River and Piper continue to grow stronger each day, Lisa and Darren are there every step of the way. Still, a surprise during a pregnancy checkup is not an easy pill to swallow. The Webbs experienced this firsthand when their ultrasound displayed an alarming picture…

Just a few short months after their wedding, Bethani and Tim Webb of Hythe in Alberta, Canada, were ecstatic to learn they were going to have a baby. They’d initially planned to wait a year before growing their family, but they couldn’t help but be elated by the news.

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A few months afterward, during a routine visit at the doctor’s office, the couple was asked an unexpected question: did either of their families have histories of multiple births? Confused, Tim and Bethani both shook their heads.

That was when the doctor gave the couple the shock of a lifetime: “She turned the screen and she started counting babies and she counted baby one, baby two, baby three…” Bethani recalled. “You can stop at baby three. Baby three is enough… and then she counted out the fourth baby.”

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Bethani immediately started to panic. Obviously, quadruplets would be an enormous challenge—and one that was incredibly rare. In fact, in 2015, there were only 228 sets of quadruplets born in the entire United States!

Most families with quadruplets had the aid of a fertility treatment; there’s also only a one-in-729,000 chance of having quadruplets naturally. So it was understandable that, when Bethani and Tim shared the news with their families, they assumed they were joking!

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Of course, they were entirely serious. The couple quickly considered the logistics. Bethani said that she “realized that we didn’t have a vehicle that could support four babies.” They would also need to temporarily move in with Tim’s mother, as their one-bedroom apartment simply wasn’t big enough for six people.

Their finances would be another issue. It’s a costly affair to raise just one child, let alone four! “Four strollers, four car seats, four cribs. Diapers—diapers everywhere,” Bethani said. All the while, the due date continued to loom…

The pregnancy itself went well until, at 33 weeks, Bethani was transferred to the larger Royal Alexandra Hospital in nearby Edmonton for a C-section. It was there that the couple finally welcomed their daughters—Abigail, Emily, Grace, and McKayla—into the world!

Remember how there was only a one-in-729,000 chance of having quadruplets through natural means? Well, the Webbs were even luckier, because the odds of all four of their babies being girls were just one in 15 million!

There are few guarantees with any pregnancy, but each one of the Webbs’ quadruplets was as healthy as she could be. “I feel overwhelmingly awesome that the babies are here,” Tim said. “I feel blessed.”

Becoming a dad took on a special meaning for Tim, who’d lost his father just a year before the quadruplets were born. Thankfully, he’d have plenty of chances to make his late father proud!

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Of course, nothing could help Tim prepare for being the only man in the house. He was largely outnumbered! Nonetheless, he was happy to have such a beautiful family, and he tried to take his role as a new dad in stride—exhausting as it might have been.

Though the babies were a handful, Bethani and Tim were completely in love with their big family—and they made sure to see the silver lining in everything, even when times were tough. “At least [we] get one nice perk to it all,” Bethani joked. “It was nice that we didn’t have to pick our favorite [baby names].”

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Despite being able to use all of their top name choices, the couple came across one unique problem: trying to tell each baby apart! They needed to find some way to help make the girls look visually distinct…

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Bethani and Tim developed a nifty color-coding system. They selected yellow for Grace, purple for Emily, blue for Abigail, and pink for McKayla—though those colors would change slightly. (Grace would eventually wear red while Abigail wore green, for instance.)

They painted the girls’ nails in designated colors, and the quadruplets would wear different-colored earrings once they were old enough to get their ears pierced. Still, Bethani and Tim enjoyed matching their daughters’ outfits. How could they resist?

Thankfully, Bethani and Tim observed that their daughters all displayed different personalities right away. It was important to them that they addressed each of their babies’ needs—and recognized them as individuals.

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With their rare birth and individual quirks, the young quadruplets and their adorable photos quickly took the internet by storm. Of course, one baby would be cute enough, but four identical babies were another story!

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Fortunately, the Webbs’ unique situation caught the eye of their local community. Caring neighbors in their hometown of Hythe set up a GoFundMe campaign to help offset the enormous costs. Some even held fundraisers for the family!