Woman gives birth to very rare identical triplets

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FENTON, MO (KSDK) — Their plan was to have one more baby, but a Fenton family came home from the hospital Tuesday night with three.

Jessica Kennedy gave birth to identical triplets earlier this month at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Identical triplets are so rare, doctors don’t keep organized statistics on those cases.

Jessica and Ben, her husband, already have two older children. They conceived the triplets naturally and were stunned to learn during Jessica’s pregnancy that they were expecting not one child, but three. All three babies are boys: Reed, Knox, and Finn Kennedy.

As they prepared to head home Tuesday night, Ben and Jessica noted the overwhelming responsibility in front of them.

“We’re hoping for the best, obviously, but were pretty terrified of what’s about to come our way,” she said with a laugh. “So I don’t know, we’ll just have to play it by ear and see how it goes.”

Dr. Michael Paul delivered the triplets. He calls the Kennedy pregnancy very rare.

“I’ve actually seen this on one other occasion, about three years ago. It’s been thirty years of [my] career though and calculating back over about 10,000 babies, that’s a very unusual event.”

When asked if they were done having babies now, the response was immediate.

“Yes!” Jessica laughed. “Yes. We’re finished!”

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