Most of the time when the media reports on a birth involving multiples, the babies are the result of fertility treatments (think Octomom or, more recently, TLC’s "OutDaughtered"). But the latest multiples to make headlines are identical quadruplet girls who were conceived the old-fashioned way.
According to Today, the chance of having quadruplets without fertility drugs is about one in 729,000. And the odds of having identical quadruplets? It’s about one in 15 million, which makes the recent arrival of the Webb foursome pretty exceptional.
The girls were born last month to Canadian parents Bethani and Tim Webb of Hythe, Alberta. Needless to say, the first-time parents were completely shocked to discover they were expecting quadruplets during a routine ultrasound in December.
"I'm definitely glad I was laying down because I could not believe that there were four there,” Bethani told Today. “I thought there had to be some kind of mistake.” As for her husband Tim, Bethani confides that he almost fainted.
The four girls—McKayla, Abigail, Grace and Emily—arrived just five months later on May 6 at 33 weeks, weighing between 3 pounds and 4 pounds 1 ounce at birth.
With the babies now healthy enough to head home, Bethani and Tim are preparing for life with four identical girls.
"At this point, I'm not able to tell them apart," Bethani said. "We're going to paint their toenails and assign them each a color."
Since leaving their incubators, the girls have been sharing a crib (they like being close!), but it’s only a matter of time before they outgrow their accommodations. To help offset the cost of suddenly having four little ones, friends have set up a GoFundMe page for the Webbs. After all, the diapers alone will cost a small fortune!
You can keep up with updates on the Webb babies on their Facebook page.