- Jimmy, Jensen and Jackson were born in April at Liverpool Women’s Hospital
- Trio born via C-section within seconds of each other to parents Gina and Craig
- Considered ‘high risk’ because young people were found to share the same placenta
A mother has given birth to a ‘one in 200 million’ set of identical triplets sharing the same placenta.
The three boys – Jimmy, Jensen and Jackson – were born a month earlier on April 26 at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
All three were delivered via C-section to parents Gina and Craig Dudney within seconds of each other.
The couple, from Cheshire, were shocked to learn at their 13-week ultrasound that they were not expecting their first child – but the first three.
Mrs Dudney, 34, revealed that there were 30 doctors in the delivery room because each baby should have its own neonatal team.
Her pregnancy was deemed ‘high risk’ as the young were found to share the same placenta.
Babies born this way are more likely to face problems because the mother’s nutrients and food have to be divided in three ways.
Most triplets are conceived through IVF and doctors estimate that the chances of having three identical babies naturally are as low as one in 20 million. And all three babies are even less likely to share a placenta.
Jimmy, Jensen and Jackson were born a month earlier on April 26 at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. The trio were born via C-section within seconds of each other to parents Gina and Craig Dudney, Cheshire.
Mrs Dwedney, 34, revealed that there were 30 doctors in the delivery room because each baby should have had its own neonatal team.
The pregnancy was considered ‘high risk’ as the young were found to share the same placenta
What makes all three even more unique is that Jackson had his own amniotic sac, a thin wall of plasma that surrounded the fetus during pregnancy.
They are what are medically known as monochorionic diamniotic triplets, where three babies share a placenta, but one of them has its own amniotic sac.
Jimmy, Jensen and Jackson were born exactly one minute and 52 seconds from ‘the moment the knife went in’.
The babies, who are now five months old, spent six weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, but have since come home and are returning for routine checkups.
Mrs Dudney said breastfeeding and sleep deprivation have proved difficult, but babies have begun to develop individual personalities.
She said: ‘They are starting to smile and see their characters now.
‘The interesting thing is that they are all alike and have the same DNA, but they already have different personalities.
‘I think it’s fascinating because they are all being brought in alike and you think about nature versus nurture.’
The mother revealed that she became pregnant within weeks of trying last autumn and ‘feeling like’ she was going to have more than one baby.
She said, ‘I had in my mind that it would take me a long time to get pregnant because it usually takes a few years for people to try.’
‘We thought let’s see what happens and within a month I was pregnant.
‘I found out very quickly that I was pregnant, within a few weeks, and I started having really severe migraines that I don’t usually suffer from.
‘But I was getting visual migraines, really bad headaches and insomnia – I just couldn’t sleep and kept waking up all night long.
‘I felt like having more than one baby and I felt like we were having twins.
The now five-month-olds spent six weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit, but have since come home and are returning for routine checkups.
How rare are identical triples?
When it comes to the probability of having identical triplets, not a single consecutive statistic is cited.
Instead, doctors say it occurs between one in 60,000 to one in 200 million, depending on how babies are conceived.
For example, triplets are much more common when a woman becomes pregnant through IVF.
It is believed that only one in 10,000 triplets result in spontaneous conception.
The same triads are always of the same sex.
They occur when a single egg is fertilized by a single sperm.
That egg then splits, for reasons not yet fully understood, to form multiple, identical embryos that continue to grow independently.
The majority of triplets are known as trizygotic.
This is because they are formed when three separate, separate eggs are fertilized by three different sperm.
These children share the same traits as any other siblings with the same biological parents. They can be of the same or opposite sex.
‘I told it to my husband but didn’t mention it to anyone else and I didn’t really tell anyone that I was pregnant because we weren’t seeing anyone in lockdown and I figured I’d wait until the first scan and be traditional . That honour.’
Mrs Dudney said: ‘Our first scan was not done until 13 weeks and we went to the Liverpool woman and straightaway the woman did an ultrasound saying it was twins.
‘And because I told Craig beforehand and I had that in my mind, it was a bit of a shock because it was real to feel a thing about it and then to be told.
‘But 15 to 20 minutes into the scan she was scanning around my stomach and it became fatally quiet in the room and you could only see three heads on the screen.
‘ My husband asked, “Is that the third head?”
Consultants said it appeared Ms Dudney was expecting three identical boys and they were all sharing the same placenta.
This type of pregnancy may be more likely to cause problems such as preeclampsia or transfusion syndrome, when their blood vessels fuse.
Other complications to be aware of are gestational diabetes and fetal growth restriction.
However, at week 16 there seemed to be a mix with the gender of the babies and the couple were told they were expecting two girls and a boy.