Doctor delivers 'baseball team' with 3 sets of triplets in 6 weeks

Three sets of triplets that were born within six weeks of each other are being referred to as the hospital's resident baseball team. Dr. Michael Paul of the Missouri Baptist Medical Center delivered the three sets of triplets within six weeks of each other and said that delivering that many triplets so close together is certainly a rarity. The births are making trending news as this many triplet delivered at the same hospital in such a short period doesn't usually happen. Paul goes on to say that having three sets born over a six week period pushes the limits of what they would expect. They usually only have about one set of triplets born every three months and have about four or five sets of triplets in a year. And while triplets in general typically involve higher-risk pregnancies, the good news is that all nine of the children born were healthy. All of the deliveries went completely and perfectly well. All of the babies had extremely good conditions at birth. Not only did Paul successfully deliver all of the nine children, but the doctor also helped the children’s mothers connect throughout their pregnancies. New mothers Jessica Kennedy, Kristen McCloy, and Jeri Wright bonded over their pregnancies after meeting each other through the doctor.

One of the mothers, Jessica Kennedy said that it was so nice to have someone to speak to, and to know what each was going through and to relate your worries and concerns knowing that they were not the ends of the world. Kennedy gave birth to Reed, Knox, and Finn on November 11, 2016. Kristen McCloy gave birth to Lucas, Emalyn, and Colton on November 26, 2016, and she agreed, adding that the nurses at the hospital encouraged the three mothers to find support in one other. McCloy and Wright were neighbors in the hospital while they were still pregnant, and Kennedy, who had previously met Jeri Wright, would visit the other two mothers even following the births of her children.

Jeri Wright was the last to give birth of the three mothers on December 16, 2016, and said that the emotional support that the mothers offered one other was incredibly important in all of their journeys. The new mothers bonded over similar circumstances. Wright mother of Finn, Beckett and Oliver said that When you’re in that much of an emotional struggle and physical struggle that you bond with people who are going through the very same thing. Only they truly get it. Dr. Paul said that the camaraderie between the mothers has been beneficial to their new experiences. It has become a club.

Identical triplets come from a monozygotic pregnancy, with three fetuses coming from one egg. The most common set, are strictly fraternal triplets, which comes= from a polyzygotic pregnancy of three eggs. Between these types, sets of triplets that include an identical pair of siblings plus a fraternal sibling are the result of a dizygotic pregnancy, where one of the zygotes divides into two fetuses, and the other does not. Triplets are far less common of an occurrence than are twins. With triplets accounting for only about 4300 sets in 3.9 million births, which works out to be just a little more than 0.1%, or 1 in 1000. And according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, only about 10 percent of triplets are identical triplets, which is about 1 in ten thousand. In 2015 only four sets of identical triplets were reported in the United States. This is just one of the new trending videos you will find on the ABC News site. On the site, you will also find other new trending videos, trending news, politics, business, and news. **

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