One in 100 Million: Identical Triplets Born, Conceived Without Fertility Drugs

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 5, 2013   |   12:06PM   |   Sacramento, CA

In a day and age where the fertility industry has produced birth with multiple children — as many as eight in some cases as multiple human embryos are implanted — the birth of natural-born triplets is increasingly rare. However, a couple in northern California have been blessed with a rare set of identical triplets, conceived without the help of fertility drugs.

The three girls will remain in the hospital until they’re physically and medically ready to go home.

The odds of birthing a set of identical triplets naturally is ranges from 1-in-1-million to 1-in-100-million.

A local television station has the details on these beautiful babies:

Abby, Brindabella (Brin, for short), and Laurel Hepner were born at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento to parents Hannah and Tom on November 22. The girls are all named after family members or special places in the lives of their parents. Brindabella is named after a mountain range in Australia located near where Tom Hepner grew up.

“The end of the year is going to be big in our families I guess,” Tom told KTXL.



The Hepners live in Quincy, California, approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento. A month before the births, Hannah Hepner was airlifted to the hospital to begin receiving treatment from a team of specialists. Sutter offers a program for so-called “moms of mutiples” to help them through their pregnancy.

Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds. Gilbert told the Bee those were good weights for triplets and said the girls were doing well.