Christmas Miracle: Mom Celebrates Birth of Premature Quadruplets, Born at 29 Weeks

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 23, 2016   |   11:22AM   |   Washington, DC

Four precious little gifts came early this Christmas for a Newnan, Georgia family.

On Dec. 16, Kortney Miller, 23, gave birth to naturally-conceived quadruplets: boys Brandon, Brayden and Bryant and girl Kenlee, the Today Show reports. Doctors said both mom and babies are doing well.

The quadruplets are extremely rare. Doctors say the chance of conceiving quadruplets naturally, without help from fertility treatments, is one in 700,000.

Miller said multiples run in her family, and early in her pregnancy, she had a sense that she was having twins. During one of her first ultrasounds, she said the technician asked her if multiples ran in her family. The ultrasound technician then told Miller that she had four babies in her womb.

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“I never thought there would be four,” she told Today. “My mother was with me, and she said, ‘You’re carrying on the tradition!”

As shocked as they were, Miller said she and her husband also felt “very blessed” by the news.

Miller said she went to the doctor’s office on Dec. 16 expecting a routine prenatal visit. She was 29-weeks pregnant at the time. Instead of the check-up, doctors told her that the babies were coming, according to the report.

The babies were born minutes apart by cesarean section on Dec. 16, each weighing between 2 and 3 pounds, according to the report. The family’s OBGYN, Dr. Heather Turner said the babies are still in the hospital, but they are doing really well.

“They are our very special early Christmas presents,” Turner said. “What a terrific family. This was something I’ll probably never see again in my practice. It was a thrilling experience.”

The Millers said they plan to spend Christmas together in the hospital with their quadruplets and older son Bentlee, 4.