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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Beautiful gift from God: Rare identical triplets born in California without fertility drugs

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Are you praying for the fruit of the womb? Don't worry yours is on the way, just hold on to God because every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father (God) of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
A Northern California hospital called Sutter Memorial Hospital is home to a rare set of identical triplets, who were conceived without the help of fertility drugs. 

Abby, Brindabella and Laurel Hepner were born on November 22. December 4, 2013: Hannah and Tom Hepner of Quincy, parents of identical triplets, hold their babies, from left, Abby, Laurel and Brindabella in a self-care room at Sutter Memorial Hosptial in Sacramento, Calif.
The girls are all named after family members or special places in the lives of their parents. Brindabella is named after a mountain range in Australia located near where Tom Hepner grew up.  
"The end of the year is going to be big in our families I guess," Tom told KTXL-TV. 
The Hepners live in Quincy, California, approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento. A month before the births, Hannah Hepner was airlifted to the hospital to begin receiving treatment from a team of specialists. Sutter offers a program for so-called "moms of multiples" to help them through their pregnancy.
Dr. William Gilbert, director of Sutter Women's Services, told the Sacramento Bee that, the odds of producing identical triplets without fertility drugs range from 1-in-1-million to 1-in-100-million, adding that the rarity makes it difficult to more accurately calculate the frequency of such births.
Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds. Gilbert told the Bee those were good weights for triplets and said the girls were doing well. 
The sisters are still in the hospital until they can maintain body temperature and eat properly.

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