Montana couple welcomes rare triplets at St. Vincent Healthcare
Sami and Theo Hampton of Billings were excited to learn about their first pregnancy. That excitement turned into shock when they learned that they were having triplets. Identical, spontaneous triplets, in fact, an extremely rare occurrence.
While any pregnancy with triplets would be considered high-risk and need specialized care, other factors made this pregnancy unique and posed added risks for the babies and the mother. Two of the babies shared an amniotic sac, and all three triplets shared the same placenta, rare conditions (monochorionic diamniotic) that can lead to complications.
"There aren't very clear statistics, but from what we learned chances range from 1 in a million to 1 in 200 million," shared Sami.
"Spontaneous triplets are like 0.3% of all the pregnancies, but having one pair sharing the same sac and all three sharing the placenta is even rarer," said Dr. Ibrahim Hammad, maternal-fetal medicine specialist at St. Vincent Healthcare and Intermountain Health. He shared he doesn't expect to see another pregnancy like this in his career.
When a woman is facing a high-risk pregnancy, MFM specialists provide specialized care and monitor the health of the mother and child. In Sami's case, the risk of preterm labor, miscarriage, or other complications was high. She was admitted to St. Vincent for active monitoring at 24 weeks. Being at the hospital allowed the St. Vincent and Intermountain Health team to continuously monitor Sami and the babies and intervene if necessary.
After more than six weeks in the hospital, On October 12, Gwynevere, Calliope, and Scarlett were delivered, surrounded by a team of specialists and a care team for each baby and the mother.
The Hampton girls were immediately admitted to the St. Vincent Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to receive extra support. Having the MFM specialists and the high-level NICU resources at St. Vincent allowed the family to stay at home for the care of their babies.
After more than a month under the care of the St. Vincent NICU team, Sami and Theo brought their babies home on November 20, just in time for the holidays.
"It was a magical experience to be a part of this pregnancy, knowing how difficult it was for Sami and how worried they were," shared Dr. Kyla Carlson of Billings OBGYN Associates. "We are so proud to be able to offer this care close to home for this young family. Keeping them together during this time is priceless."
After many months of care and worry, Theo and Sami are grateful to see their babies healthy and home for Thanksgiving. "It was so hard, but it is so worth it. "I wouldn't have it any other way," said Sami. "We are so blessed."