Maritza Salinas, 35, delivered one baby during her first pregnancy, 17 years ago. Her second pregnancy brought her twins, 15 years ago. And now, her third pregnancy welcomed triplets. All pregnancies were spontaneous, without any in vitro fertilization (IVF) or reproductive assistance.
“The odds of this happening are so rare, something my colleagues and I have never seen before,” says Eric Brown, MD, private practice obstetrician/gynecologist at Emory University Hospital Midtown. “To have in succession a singleton, twins and then triplets, all through natural child conception, is definitely special.”
The triplets, all boys, weighed in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces (Baby A-named Salvador), 4 pounds, 8 ounces (Baby B-named Julio) and 6 pounds even (Baby C-named Miguel).
“I am so happy they are all healthy and I am healthy,” says Salinas. “I am ready to take my babies home.”
Salinas will have lots of help at home from her three teenagers – young Maritza (17) and twins Jennifer and Yazmin (both 15). The girls are exited they won’t have to fight over who’s going to hold the babies, since there are three teens to hold the three newborns.
“The fact that these babies were almost 36 weeks gestation and were such good weights has really helped them to thrive since delivery,” says Ann Critz, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, in the Division of Neonatology at Emory, and medical director of nurseries, Emory University Hospital Midtown. “They needed very little intervention and are doing great.”
Mom, dad and big sisters hope to take all three bundles of joy home this week, where the real work will begin.
Delivering Triplets at Emory University Hospital Midtown
Dr. Eric Brown describes the unusual case of Maritza Salinas, who delivered triplets after first having a singleton birth and twins.
Triplets at the Emory University Hospital Midtown NICU
Dr. Ann Critz speaks about triplets in the care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia.
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