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Rare "Spontaneous" Identical Triplets Born

Rare "spontaneous" identical triplets — meaning they were conceived without the aid of infertility medications — have been born at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. 

The three boys, Trey, Troy and Trent, were born to Misty Boldman and Robert Billa, at 32-1/2 weeks gestation via Cesarean section on Friday, January 13.

Identical triplets are formed when a single fertilized egg divides once and then one of the halves divides again. If this happens within the first eight days after conception, the result is three genetically identical fetuses that share a single placenta.

"In triplets, we usually see three separate placentas. To have even two of the fetuses share a single placenta is uncommon," explains David S. McKenna, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist with Perinatal Partners, LLC, and Miami Valley Hospital. "The chance of all three sharing the same placenta and eventually producing three identical individuals may be as rare as one in a million."

The babies will remain in Miami Valley Hospital's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for several weeks. Mom Misty will go home to Piqua tomorrow.

Baby Name

    

Time of Birth

    

Weight at Birth

Trey Robert

11:37 a.m.

4 lbs., 10 oz.

Troy Ronald

11:41 a.m.

3 lbs., 13. oz.

Trent David-LaRae

11:45 a.m.

5 lbs., 2 oz.