1 in 67 million: Naturally conceived identical quadruplets born to Alberta couple

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WATCH ABOVE: An Alberta woman, pregnant with identical quadruplets, has recently given birth in Edmonton. On Monday, a couple from Hythe introduced their four new daughters to the world. Carole Anne Devaney reports – May 9, 2016

EDMONTON – An Alberta couple will have added reasons to celebrate when they mark their first wedding anniversary next month.

Bethani and Tim Webb of Hythe — 500 kilometres northwest of Edmonton — became the parents of four identical baby girls on Friday.

The naturally conceived quadruplets were delivered by caesarean section by obstetric and neonatal specialists at an Edmonton hospital.

“Of course, I’m worried about her,” Tim said. “The day of, everything went fine.

“It was kind of like a magic show, because they’re pulling out one, two, three, four… It was kind of surreal.”

The Webbs were told by a nurse during the pregnancy that the odds of having natural quads are one in 67 million.

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Alberta Health Services says mother Bethani is recovering well from surgery and the babies are being care for in the neonatal intensive care unit.

“There are four incubators lined up in NICU,” Tim said. “It’s surreal. It’s overwhelmingly awesome.”

The girls have been named Emily, Grace, McKayla and Abigail and weigh between three pounds and four pounds, one ounce.

How did the couple pick those names?

“We just decided,” Bethani said simply. “Found some we liked and picked them out. It was nice that we didn’t have to pick our favourites. We could just pick four we liked. We didn’t have to choose just one.”

“I’m looking forward to the memories,” Tim said, “and how close they’ll all be.”

“I can’t wait until they’re home,” Bethani added. “It’s going to be crazy the first few years… It’ll be very exciting.”

With files from Global News

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