If three is a lucky number, six parents in North Texas just hit the jackpot. That's because all three sets gave birth to triplets within three days at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.
"To have three sets over three days is sort of unheard of for any hospital,” Dr. Randall Burt said.
Gretchen Whitehead has been all smiles since she and her husband Andrew brought home Owen, Nicholas and Juliette. They remember the moment they learned they were having triplets.
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"Knuckles were bright white and we were like, 'what's happening, what does that mean?'” Whitehead recalled.
The day after their babies were born, Holly and Jason Bennett gave birth to triplets, too.
The next day Jessica and Brad nelson had three more.
"Pretty strange, pretty odd, this whole deal has been pretty odd,” Brad said. “It was definitely shock, it was overwhelming,” Jessica said.
"I was surprised that everybody went to deliver at the same time, but I had heard that there were other multiples on the same floor,” Holly said.
Dr. Garrett Garner delivered six of the nine babies. He says one in 8,000 spontaneous pregnancies are triplets.
"Three sets at the same time in one week is crazy. Very abnormal,” Dr. Garner said.
But Texas Health Plano may see more multiples than normal because of its IVF treatment program and its advanced, level-three neonatal intensive care unit. The couples say fertility treatments helped them get pregnant.
All three sets of triplets born are doing well.
The Bennett babies will go home within a week. The Nelsons will be there soon, too. Three sets of parents on cloud nine with their new families, even if it isn't the way they always pictured.