Rare identical triplets born in Portland

Rare identical triplets born in Portland

From left, Elias, Thomas and Caleb.

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by Frank Mungeam

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Posted on September 30, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:41 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. - - A North Portland woman has given birth to rare spontaneous identical triplet boys.

Janet Pittsenbarger is the proud new mom, after a pregnancy that was literally against all odds.

Spontaneous identical triplets means they are conceived without any fertility drugs. According to doctors, the chances of that happening are 1 in 100,000.

Born at 10:35pm by C-section in birth order were Caleb at 4lbs. 5 oz. , Eli at 4 lbs., 1 oz., and Thomas at 4 lbs. 6 oz.

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Janet's husband Phil says it all began when he and Janet went in to do fetal heart monitor check Tuesday night. One of the babies had a heart rate concern, dropping with contractions that were happening.

"The last seven months there's been a lot of concerns with the pregnancy and the risks, so most of our focus has been on that," new father Philip Pittsenbarger said. "Now that everyone's healthy and okay the reality is sinking in of taking care of the little guys."

Phil says doctors decided to admit Janet and watch her and the babies overnight, but the contractions got stronger and they decided she was in labor and it was time for the babies to be born.

Dr. Leonardo Pereira, the Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at OHSU, says there has never been a set of spontaneous identical triplets at OHSU. "I've only seen this one time before in my career," said Pereira. "These are the pregnancies that are very unusual."

The family says the babies are doing very well for their 34-weeks gestation and size. The babies did not need oxygen or any breathing assistance. The babies are in the ICU - which is standard procedure for 34 week babies.

Janet is also doing very well.

READ: Family's blog

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