Ten sets of multiples building their strength at NICU

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A third of the NICU at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois is filled up with twins and triplets. That’s quite an armful for these parents.

These cozy babies are pretty rare according to Dr. Jawad Javed. He said they have eight sets of twins and two sets of triplets. One of those sets of triplets is a natural occurring set of triplets, something Dr. Javed said is “extraordinarily rare.” The odds of having triplets at all is about 1/9,000 he said.

Megan Sopher gave birth to two boys, Ben and Drew, on February, 22. She said that’s the perfect birthday for twins: 2/22.

Sopher said Ben and Drew have been building up their strength in the NICU for about seven weeks.

“I feel like this is the best training ground for being a mom, get lots of practice before we go home, but it’s a little overwhelming to think about going home with two of them,” mom said.

Dr. Javed said it’s a miracle of nature to have this many sets of multiples in the hospital at once, “The birth of a child is a miracle in and of itself. It’s one of the few times you come to the hospital and there’s something kind of good comes out of it.”

Dr. Javed said the reason these babies need to be in the NICU for a while is because they are typically birthed before 40 weeks.

Molly Jirasek

Molly Jirasek

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