The sisters, Abby, Brindabella (Brin, for short), and Laurel Hepner, were born to Hannah and Tom. All are named after important family members or in the case of Brindabella, after an important place – the Australian mountain range near where her father grew up.
The babies remain at Memorial Hospital in Sacramento where they were born. They are being monitored and cared for until they can maintain their body temperatures and eat well.
The family lives in Quincy, a community roughly 100 miles north of Sacramento. Hannah Hepner was airlifted to Sutter about a month before the triplets were born in order to begin a program, “moms of multiples,” which helps women through their pregnancies involving multiple babies.
Identical triplets occur when one fertilized egg splits into three. According to Dr. William Gilbert, the director of Sutter Women's Services, the odds of it happening naturally – without the use of fertility drugs – is anywhere from 1 in a million to 1 in 100-million.
All three girls were born healthy and with good birth weights for triplets; Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds.
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