Courtney and Phillip Garret desperately wanted to be parents but struggled to conceive. When Courtney fell pregnant, the couple was in a for a surprise.
As newlyweds, the couple settled in New Orleans where they were planning to start their family. Courtney said that friends and family teased her about her inability to fall pregnant.
Even though she knew the jokes were meant without malice, it still hurt because 'women in [her] family have struggled to give birth,' and every joke felt like a stab to the heart.
As reported by Shared, Courtney turned to IV fertilization in 2009, when she was in her early twenties. Not only was the treatment expensive, but they also broke her down mentally.
As the weeks turned into months, Courtney feared that she would never experience the joys of motherhood. She was on the verge of giving up when her doctor shared the happy news.
During her last treatment, she was fertilized with two embryos, and one of the ova divided during the blastocyst stage, which meant she had three viable and fertilized eggs.
Nine months later, she gave birth to three beautiful and healthy babies; Ellie, Jack, and Oliver. The couple finally had their miracle and were ready to raise their family.
The triplets celebrated their 7th birthday in 2017, and Courtney wanted to try for another baby. The couple attempted IVF one more time, hoping they would be able to conceive a younger sibling for their triplets.
Again, her doctor had shocking news for the couple. Not only did Courtney conceive a second set of twins via the fertility treatment, but she also superfetated naturally. She was expecting triplets again!
While the first set of triplets were identical, the second set was not, but that didn't bother the excited parents one bit. Philip said there is 'never a dull moment in his life.'
The chances of conceiving twins naturally are 1 in 8000. Conceiving identical twins is a different matter altogether, and occur only 20 to 30 times out of 1 million births.
According to Very Well Family, several factors contribute the forming of triplets, including hereditary history, race, and weight, as well as a history of fertility treatments.