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In March this year, Jana Pittman added twin-mum to her long, long list of accomplishments when she welcomed boy-girl twins, Quinlan and Willow to her brood at just 35 weeks gestation.
The darling duo, who she shares with husband, Paul Gatward were born on Tuesday March 22, 2022, bringing her cute kid count to six!
As the beloved star of SAS Australia, an Olympic champion, a medical doctor, an egg donor (more on that below) and a mum already, there is nobody better equipped to handle the challenges that being a mum of multiples presents, wouldn’t you say?
Jana had her first child, 15yo Cornelis with former English athlete Chris Rawlinson, who she married in 2006.
Cornelis was an only child for some nine years before Jana was diagnosed with CIN3 – abnormal cells in her cervix, which can become cancerous. She ended up having part of her cervix removed as a result.
The diagnosis led her to pursue the decision to have more children via sperm donor, in case she lost her ability to have more babies in the future.
“All of a sudden I was there, a single mum already, and thought, ‘Why not look at the options of having children on my own’,” Jana said.
Jana took her son to look at donors, and they picked one with a strong resemblance to themselves, so that the family would all look similar.
Via the sperm donor, Jana gave birth to 6yo Emily, and then her second daughter, 5yo Jemima a little later.
Emily and Jemima are full-blood siblings, and Jana confirmed that further down the track the girls will be given the opportunity to meet the sperm donor and get to know him.
Baby number four, 18mo Charlie, was born to Jana and her second husband, Paul Gatward.
Then along came the twins! Take a look at Jana’s life as a twin mum in the gallery below …
“So in love with my little pair … “
Little Quinlan and Willow have hit three months and made the 5kg mark.
No rest for Jana!
The impressive mum has been presenting her research on Uterus Transplantation at the #TSANZ conference (transplant conference).
“Twins in tow we flew to Adelaide (with my mum of course) for a 5min preso 🤣” said Jana.
“Considering how much public speaking I do.. I was shaking like a leaf and my heart was pounding. I guess the nerves just mean I am passionate about the topic.. Uterus transplant is exactly what it sounds like. It gives women who have no uterus (either born without one or who required a hysterectomy) a chance at carrying their baby 🥰”
Sharing a series of images to Instagram, smiling mum, Jana confessed that her favourite way to bathe the babies is to hop in with them!
“I love a bath and skin to skin snuggle! With twins takes a few extra hands to be safe but we love it!” she shared.
“My pair are now starting to stay awake a little more which is lovely. Their personalities are already showing.. Quin is so serious and Willow is my smiley one!”
“Special extended family ❤️”
On top of all of her other proud accomplishments, Jana Pittman is an egg donor!
Her exposure to the world of obstetrics led her to want to help others, and Jana decided to donate an egg to her close friends who were in a same-sex relationship.
The couple gave birth to a daughter, Màili, via a surrogate in November, 2019.
“I’m known to Màili as Auntie Jana.”
Flying with twins
A flight with her new babies inspired Jana to share some travelling tips after her experience.
Made for this!
Jana looked radiant just weeks after the twins arrival as she settled into life as a mum of six.
Jana helped normalise the struggle that some mothers face in the early days of breastfeeding by sharing her own journey.
Alongside a series of black and white images depicting her feeding her new babes, the new mum shared: “I have shared my story on this before.. the struggles with poor supply and mastitis. The tears, the frustration, the guilt around being told your baby is ‘failing to thrive’. I know I am not alone…
“I am so very happy and proud to say my beautiful twins are now fully breastfeeding with no top ups needed!
“It wasn’t easy. As premies they needed NG tubes, so I put them to the breast as often as possible but they def needed top ups. At this point we started ‘triple feeding’ = offered breast, then bottle/tube with expressed milk, then bottle with formula. Then I expressed! Guys it was around the ⏰.. so very tiring (and so many bottles)! This lasted 3-4wks.
“Then we dropped the formula and only gave expressed bottles. Then dropped the bottles.. then dropped the expressing! Amazing!!”
Introducing the new family members
Jana shared her concerns that her older children “don’t feel displaced too much” by the arrival of the double trouble.
It was advice from her own mum that helped make the transition smooth.
“My own wonderful mum gave me some great advice many moons ago.” she shared.
“Make them ‘their’ babies and get them really involved!! So as soon as my tummy started to blossom it was ‘Charlie’s babies’ for the little guy and to the girls we talked about how essential they would be in looking after them..”
A safe arrival
Jana shared the details of her birth with her 60k plus followers.
The girls arrived safely and naturally just 11 minutes apart after concerns that a c-section might be required for her second twin who was breech.
“So yes my birth was a little more medicalised but it was incredible and I felt empowered and safe throughout the whole process!” she shared.
Too busy to share!
It was three months post-partum that Jana finally had time to share a series of incredibly beautiful maternity images from her twin pregnancy.
“Hard to believe these were taken three months ago but I didn’t have time to share them before the twins arrived 👶🏼👶🏼 Time has literally flown!!” she shared.