A mum who had tiny twins almost three months early has been banned from seeing her babies with her partner – over coronavirus fears.
Angie Ahmed, 36, suddenly went into labour on March 31 and gave birth to a boy and girl who both weighed almost the same as a bag of sugar.
Trent was born at 2.50pm weighing just 2lbs 14oz shortly before twin sister Tallulah arrived at 3.21pm weighing 2lbs 13oz.
The premature tots were safely delivered at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and will remain there for at least nine more weeks while they gain more weight.
But Angie and partner Chris Kerr, 51, must only see their babies separately to prevent the risk of the tots being infected with coronavirus.
The couple, of Bromsgrove, Worcs., now see their son and daughter alone but reunite as a family via video calls.
Angie said: “I was terrified, they were ten weeks early.
“With everything going on at the moment with the virus, I just wanted to keep them safe inside, but they had other ideas.
“There were 11 doctors and nurses with me during the birth, plus Chris.
“I felt really well supported and the natural birth went without complication.
“It has been such an amazing experience, I was so worried about them being premature, but they are perfect, they are breathing without help and taking milk through feeding tubes.”
Proud dad Chris, a self-employed traffic manager, was with Angie at the birth but is now only allowed to see the babies after isolating at home.
The couple must also stay two metres apart when they see each other in the hospital reception area to abide by social distancing rules.
Angie, who also has sons Kia, 17, and Jamel, 18, from a previous relationship, added: “No one is allowed on the wards, no visitors at all.
“I’ve been in here since Tuesday, I’m quarantined here and haven’t been out at all.
“Chris can come to see them and see me in the main reception, but he’s not allowed on the ward so I have to go out to see him.
“Only one parent is allowed in the hospital at a time. If another parent is there they have to wait in reception until they come out.
“If I go in to see them in intensive care he has to wait outside as well.
“They are in incubators, have to be fed through tubes and are connected to heart machines.
“Before going in you have to wash hands and sanitise, but you are allowed to stroke them.
“I’ve held them once since giving birth but it was difficult because they are covered in wires.
“They are not allowed to leave until 36 weeks, which means another eight to nine weeks in hospital.
“There is not a shortage of beds so I’m allowed to stay here until there is.
“When Chris and I see each other in reception we have to socially distance and can’t even hug, which is really hard when you’ve just had twins and want to celebrate together.
“It’d be nice for each of us to hold one of them but there’s no chance of doing that yet.
“It’s really difficult at the moment, but needs must and it’ll be back to normal sometime.
“They are proper little characters already – Tallulah is a bit of a diva, she doesn’t like to be touched and is definitely the noisier of the two.
“Trent is so chilled and aware, his eyes are always open and he turns his head to the side to see what he can see.
“It has been hard but Chris was at the birth, so that was something. But since then he hasn’t been able to come and see me.
“It is difficult as all I want at this time is to see my family all together, the twins are the spit of Chris and it’s clear how much he loves them.
“I feel very isolated and I am missing sharing my babies with my family, but I understand why the restrictions are in place.
“Chris is self-isolating at home. We are not allowed to see babies together and no visitors are allowed on the wards.
“We take it in turns to go and see the twins, and make sure we video call each other when we are with them.”
Chris, who has two grown-up children and one granddaughter, said: “It has been awkward and a little bit disorientating.
“One day you can go into the hospital and the next day you can’t.
“We weren’t expecting the twins for another two months and they’ve arrived in the middle of this pandemic.
“Whether I can come to see the twins depends on what is happening in the hospital, the staff have had some people being abusive but we just go along with it.
“Angie is with them in the hospital and that is the major thing right now.
“We haven’t been in the same room with them since they were born, which is off-putting but things will get back to normal.
“I haven’t held them yet but I can rub them in their incubators. They’re just the size of my hand.
“I just can’t wait to get them all home so we can be a proper family.”