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Franklin couple give birth to identical triplets

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According to Indystar on Thursday, identical triplet girls were born to a Franklin couple Monday. Avery, Cassidy, and Bentley were born in that order at St. Vincent Women's Hospital at 1:05, 1:06, and 1:07 p.m. to parents Chad and Amanda Doss.

Avery weighed 3 pounds 15 ounces, Bentley 4 pounds 3 ounces, and Cassidy 3 pounds 11 ounces at birth. Amanda and Chad are able to hold Avery and Bentley, but Cassidy has a feeding tube in her umbilical cord. All the babies are breathing without any assistance and are putting on weight.

One year ago, the Doss' didn't even know if they could conceive. Chad had a vasectomy after fathering two children, ages 9 and 12, in a previous marriage. Chad had his vasectomy reversed in February.

In June, Amanda found out she was pregnant. In early October, Amanda went in for a routine ultrasound which revealed she was pregnant with triplet girls. The ultrasound showed that the girls shared a placenta and chorionic sac, but had three separate amniotic sacs, suggesting that one fertilized egg split into three soon after conception.

Amanda was on bed rest at home for November and early December, then about three weeks ago she was admitted to the hospital where she felt some contractions over the weeks, but didn't progress.

Then on Monday, Chad left the hospital for some lunch and Amanda's water broke around noon at 31 and a half weeks pregnant. Chad came rushing back. Within the hour the babies had all been born.

'It was definitely just like in the blink of an eye that it happened,' Amanda said.

The babies were conceived naturally and their names were given based on their location in utero. They will likely remain in the hospital for another eight weeks doctors told Amanda and Chad.

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