MEDFORD, Ore.-- The three Byers’ girls, Harper, Avery and Savannah, turned 6 days old Tuesday at Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. They were born healthy and with all 30 fingers and all 30 toes. Mom, Erin, and dad, Shawn Byers found out they were pregnant with triplets at their 9 week ultra sound, only expecting to see one baby in the picture. They already had a 15-year-old Grants Pass freshman, and a two-year-old back home. Sure enough, two babies popped onto the screen and then a third.
"It was joy, fear, confusion. I was sitting there adjusting my football fantasy line up and then all of a sudden I put the phone down,” Shawn said.
“A lot of tears and a lot of laughing and just a lot of emotions but sure enough we were having triplets," Erin added.
Dr. Daniel Kahn MD, PhD, specializes in maternal fetal medicine and high-risk pregnancies. He said triplets certainly don't come every day but aren't as rare as you might think. About three percent of all births in the United States are multiple births, twins being the most common. Triplets come about once in every 1,000 births. In fact, there are three moms in our region pregnant with triplets at the moment.
"We've just gone a couple years without and now suddenly we have three. We average those out over 10 years," added Dr. Kahn.
Now the Byers are adjusting to having 5 children.
“It's been a great experience so far,” said Erin. “We’re really looking forward to being able to take them home and start the next chapter of our lives."
"This is just a new journey and it's a privilege and a blessing,” added Shawn. “We wouldn't change a thing."