Hand in hand: prem twins share an incubator after 10 weeks apart

IT'S brotherly love as these tiny twins, born at little over 3lbs each, and kept apart ever since, hold hands.
Blair and Innes Lowden were kept in separate incubators after being born 10 weeks prematurely - but grasped each other lovingly as soon as they were reunited. Their hands - no bigger than postage stamps - reached out, forming an intimate bond that will never be broken. It melted the hearts of the doctors and nurses charged with looking after them. Parents Laura and Craig, have described it as the most special moment of their lives. Laura said: "It was the most wonderful thing to see. So touching. This will always remain a very special moment for us. We were amazed to see them reach out for each other after being parted." Blair and Innes were born after their mum went into labour at just 30 weeks. They were immediately transferred to intensive care where they were given oxygen. Doctors were amazed when they began to breathe on their own after just a week. The adorable infants were then deemed fit enough to be placed together.  And - as soon as they were reunited side-by-side - they reached out to lovingly hold hands. "It was so cute," said dad Craig, 32, of Duddingston, Edinburgh. The non-identical boys were born on February 5. First-born Blair weighed in at 3lbs 2oz and Innes at 3lbs 3oz.  "We were totally unprepared for their arrival," said Laura, a senior gas and oil analyst with Lloyds Bank. "The antenatal class on labour wasn't until the following week and we still had a few baby clothes and equipment to buy. "Babies though are unpredictable and you just have to go with the flow, as they say." The boys were born by Caesarean section before being transferred to their separate incubators. "Staff at the hospital have been wonderful and the boys are being treated with the utmost care and attention," she added. "The midwives tell us the boys are a good weight for twins 10 weeks early." Most babies are not able to breathe on their own until 34 weeks into pregnancy because their lungs do not mature until then. But Laura was injected with steroids after she went into labour, a step which has aided the tiny battlers' progress.  "It appears to have worked and we are delighted they are doing so well," added Craig, who works for Aberdeen Asset Management. "They have progressed enough to be breathing on their own in special care which is a great step forward from intensive care." Laura, the middle of three sisters, said her family are delighted.  
"It's nice to have boys in the family now," she beamed. "Craig has two sisters so Blair and Innes will have plenty of aunts to spoil them and babysit, we hope!" Twins are 57% more likely to be born three or more weeks early, say obstetricians. And their special bond starts developing prior to birth according to emeritus psychology Professor Elvidina Adamson-Macedo. The expert said: "These twins are very likely to be replicating something they did before birth. "Memory is formed before birth and babies touch from just over seven weeks gestation." The special moment where a reunited Blair and Innes clasped hands, much to the delight of parents Laura and Craig.