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A Utah couple, Ashley and Tyson Gardner, tripled their family in one delivery when Ashley gave birth to quadruplets. The parents have been trying for eight years to have a child. With the help of in-vitro fertilization, they conceived two sets of identical twins. The odds of conceiving two sets of identical twins are about 1 in 70 million.
Sunday afternoon, the Gardners welcomed their four newborn daughters—Indie, Esme, Scarlett and Evangeline—into the world. The girls arrived at 28 weeks and were born via Caesarean section, but the delivery went smoothly for both mother and babies.
The decision to deliver the four dark-haired beauties was made after doctors discovered that Ashley had ruptured some of her membranes and was having contractions with progressive intensity. On average, quadruplets are delivered between 28 and 34 weeks of pregnancy.
Three of the baby girls weighed a little more than 2 pounds at delivery, while the fourth weighed slightly less than 2 pounds.
The new parents say that they're "overwhelmed with joy" at the safe and healthy arrival of their baby girls and want to thank everyone for their prayers and support through the delivery.
The Gardner family will be part of a new TLC series about first-time parents and their newborns. The show is set to air late next year.
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