Identical triplets were born in California this week and have stirred interest because of their natural conception.
Identical triplets are exceptionally rare, and tend to occur more often in pregnancies created through artificial insemination or encouraged by fertility treatments.
“Identical triplets are anywhere from one-in-a-million and one-in-a hundred million,” Dr. William M. Gilbert, medical director of Sutter Women’s Services, said. “It is so rare that it is hard to calculate how frequently they occur.”
The father gave credit to his wife, who he says cruised through the experience of carrying three babies.
He added that the water in the area may have had something to do with their luck.
“We are thinking of bottling the water in Quincy and offering it as a fertility treatment,” he said.
The three girls were born at Sutter Memorial Hospital and named Abby, Brin and Laurel.
Last year, the Beasly family in Oregon also gave birth to three identical brothers. Another couple in the UK gave birth to triplet girls.