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Woman Gives Birth To Triplets At 46 Against One In 20 Billion Odds: "Didn’t Think It Would Happen"

Woman Gives Birth To Triplets At 46 Against One In 20 Billion Odds: "Didn’t Think It Would Happen"

"This was so statistically unlikely that there’s no way to explain it other than a miracle."

Portraying a heartwarming story of beating the odds, quite literally, Audrey Tiberius, a 46-year-old woman, gave birth to three triplets after struggling to have children for years.

When Tiberius couldn't conceive naturally she turned to IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). However, after consulting an IVF specialist, they told her that the chances of Tiberius conceiving a child through IVF would be just 10%.



 

In an interview with TODAY Parents, Tiberius said, "They said, ‘I’m sorry, your eggs are too old.' We did three rounds of in vitro and they all failed."

The latest SART report shows that 61,740 babies were born in the U.S. as a result of IVF in 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports about 4 million births per year in the U.S., meaning 1 to 2 percent of all U.S. births annually are via IVF, surveyed Penn Medicine

The Utah mom had been trying to conceive since she was 41 years of age. Finally, a miracle knocked on her door, when she was able to conceive naturally at the age of 46.  She and her 41-year-old husband, Tyler Tiberius, welcomed identical triplets on March 30 this year. The couple named their babies, Sky, River, and Bay. The trio joined their big brothers, Marcus, 13, James, 11, Christian, 9, and Max, 7.

“Most experts put the odds of identical triplets at one in 200 million births,” Tiberius said. “I talked to a statistician and apparently the odds of a 45-year-old having identical triplets are one in 20 billion.”

Image Source: Getty Images| Staff
Image Source: Getty Images| Staff

 

According to medical experts, conceiving a child at 46 without any medical intervention is quite rare. Even if the mother is healthy, there are chances that she could have a miscarriage in her first trimester because the uterine lining isn't as healthy.

But Tiberius never let her faith and hope down, and she pulled through her pregnancy without experiencing any difficulties. Although she was worried about it, she learned to trust her body and believed that her babies would be safe.

“I prayed that my babies would be safe and that I would deliver them when I was supposed to—and that’s what happened,” she said. 



 

 

After having her newborns, she has been pumping breast milk for a total of seven hours a day and is currently looking for a milk donor, so she can spend an equal amount of time with her seven children.

“I always had seven in my mind—that was always my dream number. But I didn’t think it would happen for me because of my age,” she explained. 

The Utah mom was unaware of the fact that her fertility would get affected as she grew older. She assumed that because her grandmother had babies in her 40s, she would be able to do the same. “I didn’t realize that older celebrities often use frozen eggs or donor eggs. Doctors need to talk to women about fertility and what their options are to save them heartache," she expressed. 

Describing her triplets to be "miracles," she said, "This was so statistically unlikely that there’s no way to explain it other than a miracle."

References:

https://www.today.com/parents/moms/woman-46-gives-birth-identical-triplets-rcna46473

https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/fertility-blog/2018/march/ivf-by-the-numbers#:~:text=The%20Centers%20for%20Disease%20Control,births%20annually%20are%20via%20IVF.

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