Hospital delivers 4 sets of triplets in 3 weeks

February 13, 2010 3:24:14 PM PST
Everything is times three for several families in the Chicago area: Christ Medical Center delivered four sets of triplets in the last three weeks.

First came the Renders of New Lenox, Benjamin Dean, Tyler Gregory and Olivia Genevieve. They were born January 18, all teetering around the 4-pound mark. All three babies are doing well. Two are expected to be home for Valentine's Day.

"We have tons of stuff at home: three cribs, three swings, three bouncers all put together and set up, so I don't know if you're every really ready, but we're as ready as we're going to be," said Laura Render.

Then came the Vanryswyks of Palos Heights, two girls and a boy, Emani, Chantel and Asante. They made their debut on February 3.

The Lindgrens of Rolling Meadows followed on Sunday: Mia Grace, Carson James and Ava Marie.

It's very common that we have multiples here, but to have four sets in three weeks is very out of the ordinary," said Brett Galley, MD, Christ Medical Center neonatologist.

The Youngbloods of Bradley rounded out the crew on Monday with a girl and two boys, Kayelee Hope, Andrew Nicholas and Daniel Lawson.

"We had to move right away to get into a bigger home and then we got the nurseries together. We had some real nice families to help us out," said Nicholas Youngblood, dad of triplets.

Mom says she cried when she learned she was having triplets and still can't get over the shock of learning hers were one of four.

"I couldn't believe it. I was like, 'OK we're having triplets,' and all of a sudden they were like, 'Oh, no, there's three other families.' I'm like, 'Are you kidding me?' It blows my mind," said Leanne Youngblood , mom of triplets.

All of the babies were born prematurely. That's pretty common for multiples.

The doctors say all of the babies are developing very well, though, and are expected to go home within a few weeks.