ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — A suburban Detroit couple who have two older children are adjusting to life after becoming parents to identical triplets — a multiple birth a doctor calls rare.
The Whiteley family of St. Clair Shores is celebrating the one-month birthdays Wednesday for Alexander, Nicholas and Timothy.
Lauren Whiteley says it "was the shock of a lifetime" when an ultrasound revealed three fetuses. She wasn't taking fertility treatments, which wouldn't play a role: identical siblings are only born through natural conception.
She and her husband, Michael, say triplets don't run in their families. Their older sons are 3 and 2.
Dr. Savitri Kumar at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where the triplets were born, says data on triplet births by natural conception is "very variable" but one-in-a-million is "the most commonly quoted."