For many women who are about to give birth, seeing their baby for the first time is the most exciting part. When you hold your baby for the first time, it’s a life-changing moment.
Plus, it’s so much fun to see who the baby looks more like—did they get your nose? Did they get the lips of your partner? People who are going to be parents dream about this moment, but sometimes they are surprised by what happens.
Judith Nwokocha needed two rounds of IVF to get pregnant, so when she found out she was having twins, she was thrilled. During her pregnancy, Judith talked to her twins and prayed that they would be healthy. One of her twins stopped growing at 37 weeks, so Judith gave birth right away. Her twins were born through a caesarean section. Her son, Kamsi, weighed 6.1 lbs. when he was born, but her daughter, Kachi, weighed only 3.1/2 lbs.
That wasn’t the only thing that made Kachi different. In an essay for Love What Matters, Judith wrote, “The first time I saw her, I thought the nurse might be giving me someone else’s baby. I waited a few seconds for someone to tell me that something was wrong, but all the nurse said was how pretty she was.”
As a black mother, Judith had never imagined having a white child, but when her daughter was born, she was clearly white. “I was pretty surprised by how white she was,” Judith wrote.
Doctors informed Judith that Kachi had albinism a few days after the twins were born.
Judith was first worried about the health issues that are sometimes associated with albinism, but she soon came to appreciate how amazing her little baby is. Judith stated:
“She is gorgeous, so I often tell her that. I wouldn’t trade her condition for a million dollars because she’s perfect in every way. Albinism may provide difficulties, but I’m educating her to be strong and overcome any challenges that might arise. By taking frequent photos of her and her twin brother, I’m showing the beauty in albinism. She may not be aware of it right now, but she will, and it is my duty to educate her and instill in her the value of loving yourself no matter what.”
See these lovely “black and white twins” in action by watching the video!