Jane and Gary Wailes, from Lankeys Creek, Australia, were unable to fall pregnant naturally so did three rounds of IVF in the hope of having a third child after conceiving their first two daughters, Matilda, seven, and Mia, four, naturally.
The first round resulted in a miscarriage, and the second round didn’t work, but the couple decided to try for a third time and managed to transfer two embryos knowing there was a chance of twins.
But the family were in for a shock when they discovered one of the embryos had split, resulting in triplets, two of whom are identical.
Jane was forced to give birth at 31-weeks after developing intrahepatic cholestasis while pregnant.
The triplets, called Jaya, Josie, and June, spent 43 days in hospital but were finally able to come home.
Jane, 31 said : “We were so excited when we fell pregnant on the third round and when we went in for our scan, we were told we had twins and we couldn’t have been happier.”
“It’s quite rare to end up with triplets but we got a baby for every year that we had been waiting and we feel so lucky that it finally worked out for us.
“Matilda and Mia met their sisters for the first time through a window because no one was allowed in the hospital due to Covid .”
“When we finally got to bring them home, it was a huge relief and a really special moment for the girls to meet their sisters.
“Christmas is going to be extra special this year; we have all the family coming to have an early Christmas and then we’ll spend the day with my parents.
“It’ll be amazing to have all the kids and family together and I feel so lucky to have been able to bring them home.”
Gary, 38, who works as a concreter and boiler maker, also has two daughters from his previous marriage, Hannah, 15, and Tegan, 13, making the family complete with seven girls.
“Initially, they met them through a window and it was difficult for them because they wanted to touch them and hold them so it was really special bringing them home for the first time.
“All the doctors and nurses couldn’t believe how well the triplets were doing given they were delivered early.”
They didn’t need intensive care and are all doing amazing now.