When Kaylie DeShane went into labour with her triplets at 22 weeks, she was worried about how premature they were.
Although her first son Cian was born shortly after her waters broke, the other two babies stay put and medics decided to do what they could to delay their birth to allow them to get a little stronger.
It meant that the babies ended up being born five days apart and because it fell at the end of 2019, the triplets actually have birthdays in different decades.
Kaylie, 33, from New York, currently holds the world record for the longest interval between the birth of triplets after beating the previous record of two days.
The 33-year-old and her husband Brandon, 35, were told the odds of survival were low – but Rowan, Declan and Cian are now 17 months old.
Kaylie said: ‘After trying to fall pregnant four years, with my husband, Brandon, 35, we decided to try IVF.
‘We already have an adopted son, Holden, seven, and a step-daughter, Naveah, 12, but we wanted a sibling for them.
‘We decided to place two embryos rather than just one because we thought we would have a better chance of having a baby.
‘We were told that there was a 10 per cent chance of it ending up being twins and a one per cent chance of it being a triplet pregnancy.
‘So we really never expected that we would actually end up having triplets.
‘When we found out we were having three babies we were so shocked but it was incredible. We would have been happy with one baby, and now we were having three.’
Kaylie had been advised earlier in her pregnancy to terminate the two identical babies of the triplets to give one baby a better chance of surviving but she decided against this.
Kaylie, an addictions counsellor, said: ‘At 16 weeks it was discovered that my cervix was failing and that I would need emergency surgery to stitch it up as I was 1 to 2cm dilated.
‘It was absolutely terrifying because we thought we might lose Cian because he was the baby that was closest to the exit and there is a risk that the surgery can rupture the sac.
‘But luckily that didn’t happen and the surgery worked. For the next few weeks of the pregnancy, I had to focus on resting in bed to keep my babies inside of me.
‘At 22 weeks and five days, I went for an anatomy scan where I was told everything was fine.
‘However, later that evening my waters broke.
‘I was so scared because I was only 22 weeks pregnant, I had no idea if babies would live or survive if they were born at this point in the pregnancy.’
Admitted to hospital, she woke up the next morning and panicked when she saw some heavy bleeding. Then very quickly, Cian was being born.
She recalls doctors shouting and not knowing if the baby was alive or not because they couldn’t get reading on him.
Kaylie added: ‘After they pulled him out they eventually managed to stabilise him.
‘I saw him for a split second before he was taken over to the NICU. He was so small, I couldn’t believe it.
‘He weighed less than 1lbs.
‘I lay there expecting the next two babies to come but nothing happened. I was kind of like now what?
‘I kept asking where the other two babies are and the doctors said we don’t want them to come out if we can help it.
‘Nothing was happening and the doctors explained to me that they wanted to hold off delivering the next to babies for as long as possible because it was so earlier in the pregnancy.
‘The hospital had never had any 22-week babies that survived and Cian only had a nine per cent chance of making it.’
After spending five days in labour at 10 cm dilated, the next two babies, Declan and Rowan, were born. Declan weighed 1lbs 7oz and Rowan was 1lbs 1oz.
Declan and Rowan were stabilised and whisked off to NICU alongside their brother.
She said: ‘The babies spent a total of four months in the NICU. It was touch and go at times for each of them.
‘But we didn’t lose faith and we kept fighting for our babies.
‘Declan was the first baby to come home with us on April 17. He made it home before their actual due date of April 26.
‘Rowan was the next baby to come home on April 30, and Cian came home on May 4. And we finally had our family at home together.
‘And although it was amazing, it was terrifying. They were all still on oxygen so we hardly left the nursery.
‘But by Autumn they had all been weaned off the oxygen.
‘They are all breathing perfectly and growing great. They are hitting all of their milestones and aren’t behind at all.
‘They’re healthy, thriving and even close to walking which is incredible because we were never sure that they were going to make it.
‘I am so proud of them for the fight they fought.’
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