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One in a Million: Parents Welcome Rare Spontaneous Identical Triplets

While the probability of conceiving triplets naturally is around one in every 10,000 pregnancies, the odds of those triplets being identical is at least a one-in-a-million chance!
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By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Published October 17, 2023

Matthew and Haley Cordaro have a family that’s truly one in a million!

The Louisana couple has made headlines after welcoming “spontaneous” identical triplets. Spontaneous triplets — conceiving three babies without the help of fertility treatments — is a feat far from common. While the probability of conceiving triplets naturally is around one in every 10,000 pregnancies, the odds of those triplets being identical is at least a one-in-a-million chance.

Cordaro welcomed all three girls, Claire, Ella and Lily, at 31 weeks. At the time of their birth, the triplets all weighed 3 lbs. or less, their mom said in a Facebook post. After a short stint at the Willis-Knighton Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the new family of five is healthy and headed home armed with as much information as possible.

“They have done very well. It has been a straightforward and uncomplicated stay,” Gerald Brent Whitton, MD, a member of the NICU staff, said in a press release. “As we get closer to the babies’ release, we will get the parents up here and get them used to taking care of all three at the same time.”

“We were so fortunate and blessed to have made it 32 weeks and to have delivered three healthy babies considering all the potential risks when pregnant with multiples,” the couple told People. “We know we will have some challenges ahead but are ecstatic for our new life with the girls."

The triplets have a 3-year-old sister named Kennedy and are the first set of multiples on both sides of their family. Our congratulations to the Cordaros and our best to them on this exciting journey!

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