Alberta couple welcomes naturally conceived identical quadruplets
Taline McPhedran, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, May 9, 2016 12:48PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, June 19, 2016 2:15PM EDT
A couple welcomed naturally conceived identical quadruplets last Friday, adding four more residents to the small population of Hythe, Alta.
Bethani Webb has been at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton since St. Patrick’s Day – nearly two months – before having her four daughters via caesarean section. Her due date was June 24, more than a month away.
“Right now I’m glad they’re separated so we can tell them apart. But even just holding two side-by-side, I can’t tell them apart at all,” Bethani Webb told CTV News.
Tim Webb said the situation is very surreal and likened the birth to a magic show, with one baby just appearing right after the other.
The four girls currently weigh between three and four pounds, and are named Emily, Grace, McKayla and Abigail -- and according to their parents, each already has her own personality.
“Grace – she’s kind of a character, she likes to stick both of her feet straight up in the air at the same time,” Bethani Webb said, going on to describe McKayla and Emily as very relaxed and Abigail as the oldest, the smallest and the one who likes to punch and kick.
According to the Webb's, a nurse told them during the pregnancy that the odds of naturally conceiving quadruplets are one in 67 million.
“With the high-risk nature of the pregnancy there was always talk that there was some risk of delivering very early,” said Dr. Billy Wong, the couple’s obstetrician. “For us to get to this date in the pregnancy, almost 33 weeks, we were actually very fortunate.”
They quadruplets are currently in the neo-natal intensive care unit where they are expected to stay for at least another four weeks.
According to the couple, they have a huge support system back in Hythe who have been holding fundraisers and diaper drives and can’t wait for the new family to get back home.
With files from CTV Edmonton and The Canadian Press