Janelle Perry, a grandmother from Queensland, Australia, has given birth to naturally conceived triplet boys in a ‘one-in-a-million’ delivery at Brisbane's Mater Mothers' Hospital.
Janelle and husband Robert's tiny trio - Cooper, Kyle and Jordan - were born at 34 weeks' gestation by caesarean section last week.
Doctors are "99.9 percent certain" the boys are identical.Perry, who turns 47 next week, now has eight children. She said she is adamant that is enough.Perry has four children in their 20s from a previous marriage, a daughter, Rebecca, 4, with Robert, and two grandchildren.
The Perrys, of Logan, south of Brisbane, sold all their baby things last October after trying unsuccessfully for two years to have more children.
A doctor had given Perry a five percent chance of having another child naturally.
"We thought: 'Oh well. It'll probably never happen'. We'd sort of given up," Perry said."Rebecca kept telling me in November: 'You've got three babies in your tummy, Mummy - one for me, one for Dad and one for you'. I thought: 'No way' and told her: ‘There are no babies in there'. Then, in December, I found out I was pregnant."
She said she is still coming to terms with the challenge of having identical triplets.
"I'll probably have to use different colored nail polish on them to tell them apart,” she added. “I don't want to get them mixed up. We've got to get a whiteboard so we can write down who's been fed and how much. Getting into a routine, that's the main thing."
Robert Perry, a crane operator, has taken a full year of paternity leave to help care for the boys in their three-bedroom home.
Queensland Fertility Group's David Molloy said the chance of having identical triplets at 46 was "probably the same as winning Gold Lotto."
Doctors believe the Perry babies are almost certainly monochorionic triamniotic triplets, meaning they are from one egg and sperm which split in the first few days after fertilization.
Cooper weighed 3 pounds, 4 ounces; Kyle weighed three pounds, 6 ounces; and Jordan weighed three pounds, five ounces.
They will have to stay in the hospital for a few weeks, doctors said.