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Not one, but two couples have rare identical triplets

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If you're looking to have more babies, even three at a time, head to California. A couple announced Wednesday that they defied the odds of a million-to-one by giving birth to three identical sons, just months after another local couple gave birth to three identical girls.

April and Brad Dooley from Long Beach welcomed three sons Patrick, Owen and Liam on January 13. April gave birth on 13 January at Miller Children’s Hospital, Long Beach.

Despite the rarity of identical triplets, this is the second reported set to be born in California in several months. Abby, Brin and Laurel Hepner were born in November 2013 at Sutter Memorial Hospital to Quincy couple Hannah and Tom Hepner.

One doctor says the chances of naturally occurring identical triplets are one in a million. "A miracle," says Tom Hepner, who reversed his vasectomy to have another child. Non identical triplets occur around once in every 4000 naturally conceived pregnancies. The chances of having identical triplets are about one in every six triplet pregnancies. You can do the math.

With infertility treatments and other assisted reproductive technologies, the number of multiple births has grown greatly since the 1980s, according to the newspaper.

However, the occurrence of naturally conceived identical triplets is extremely rare. Identical siblings are produced when an egg is divided in utero. Fraternal siblings and those from artificial treatments come from different eggs.

But 42-year-old Dooley didn't use any fertility treatments. Wow.

"We were trying for one more time," April Dooley told the Register. "I had had two miscarriages. We were just trying one more time to get pregnant."

Despite the rarity, it's the second known set of identical triplets born in California in several months.

We told you last year about a couple who had identical triplets.

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