Unique delivery at Scott & White Memorial Hospital estimated to be one in a million
Today, the third and final baby in a set of rare triplets was released from the McLane Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple. Back in March, doctors there delivered a set of triplets – known as monoamniotic-monochorionic (“MoMo”) twins plus a singleton. This type of triplet pregnancy is so rare that the incidence is estimated to be as low as one in a million pregnancies.
MoMo twins are identical twins that share the same amniotic sac and placenta, but have separate umbilical cords. The third baby in this group had a separate amniotic sac, placenta, and umbilical cord. The true rate of incidence for this type of pregnancy is unknown, but a study published in 1988 in the New England Journal of Medicine determined monoamniotic twins accounted for 1 percent of U.S. twin births. This pregnancy is even more rare because of the third baby, a singleton.
“Our experience managing high-risk pregnancies helped us prepare for the delivery in March,” said Nathan Drever, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Scott & White Memorial. “It was a collaboration of more than 70 members of the care team – physicians, nurses, and support staff – who worked to successfully deliver these three babies. We felt honored and humbled to be part of this special moment and to help welcome these babies into the world.”
This rare pregnancy presented challenges early on, and the triplets’ mother was hospitalized so that the babies’ health could be monitored. She spent more than three weeks in the antepartum unit at Scott & White Memorial.
The triplets – Zaniya, Adrianna, and Zacarri – were born to parents Gregory and Lesheca Lynch on March 29 at 8:54 and 8:55 p.m. at 28 weeks, 4 days gestation. Each baby weighed between one and two pounds. Since they were born premature, they spent time in the McLane Children’s NICU at Scott & White Memorial. Zaniya is the final triplet to leave the NICU.
“Our team has been involved in care for these infants since prenatal counseling, and we will be able to follow the infants’ progress for months to come with our NICU follow up-clinic. Their success is shared among all the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and other supportive staff,” said Rebecca Ballard, MD, neonatologist at McLane Children’s NICU at Scott & White Memorial. “We are thrilled to see this family reunited, and we will continue to support the family in ensuring a healthy, happy future for the babies.”
Learn more about the family’s story, and to see photos of the triplets with their mother, father, and older sisters, Amaya, age 7, and Ziara, age 4.
About Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple
Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 636-bed, fully-accredited not-for-profit hospital located in Temple, Texas. The hospital provides a broad spectrum of hospital and clinical services which include heart & vascular, cancer care, transplantation, women’s services and neurosciences.