A couple in Sacramento tripled the pleasure of parenthood recently. According to a December 6 news report by United Press International (UPI), identical triplets Abby, Brin and Laurel, entered to world on November 22. Their parents, Hannah (29) and Tom Hepner (33) are looking forward to taking them home soon.
Doctors at Sacramento's Sutter Memorial Hospital say the triplets can go home as soon as they gain weight, can regulate their body temperature and are eating on their own.
Identical triplets occur when the fertilized egg called a zygote divides into three identical zygotes. While fraternal triplets occur naturally once in every 4,000 pregnancies, identical triplets are very rare. So rare that no one knows for sure what the odds of having identical triplets really is. According to Huggies Australia, estimates range between one in 60,000 and one in 200 million.
Dr. William M. Gilbert, medical director of Sutter Women's Services and founder of Moms of Multiples Center estimates a little lower, as he says identical triplets range between one in a million and one in a 100 million.
Any way you look it, Hannah and Tom have been blessed with a rare set of identical triplets.
At birth Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces, Brin weighed 3 pounds, 11 ounces, and Laurel weighed 4 pounds, reports UPI. No word is given on the current weight of the triplets.