Wisconsin couple conceives quadruplets without fertility aids

Aug. 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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KENOSHA, Wis., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Doctors said a Wisconsin couple is in some rare company after conceiving quadruplets without the aid of fertility drugs.

Mike Kisner, 26, and his soon-to-be wife, Charity McCulloch, 39, said their plan was to try for one child shortly after they are married Saturday.

Things didn't go exactly according to plan.

When they visited a doctor shortly after McCulloch became pregnant, the couple got the surprise of a lifetime -- they weren't having one child, they were having four.

The odds of conceiving quadruplets is 1 in 700,000, gynecologist and fertility expert Joseph Davis told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. About 90 percent of those who do have four babies at a time do so after having used fertility drugs.

"It is a surprise to have natural quadruplets, but it's not unheard of," Davis said. "It's just exceedingly rare."

The babies were born after 28 weeks. A normal gestation period is 40 weeks but multiple births reduce that time period by about three weeks per baby. All four boys were kept in a neonatal intensive care unit for several weeks. The smallest weighed 1 pound, 12 ounces.

The four boys, Kerrigan, Christian, Brice and Oliver, were reunited at the couple's home Aug. 8 and none faced serious ailments at birth.

As for mom and dad, the babies are plenty of work.

"We're just trying to keep the boys healthy and keep our sanity," Kisner said.

"Four's enough," McCulloch added.

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