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First Triplets Born at Rust

Emily Hutchings and her husband Jake Hutchings hold their triplets, who were born on Thursday. The triplets were the first set born at the Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho. (marla brose/journal)
Emily Hutchings and her husband Jake Hutchings hold their triplets, who were born on Thursday. The triplets were the first set born at the Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho. (marla brose/journal)
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It’s a boy and a boy and a girl!

Presbyterian’s Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho saw the birth of its first set of triplets on Thursday, to Emily and Jake Hutchings of Ventana Ranch.

All three are resting comfortably in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Boys Anderson and Bennett are in the room equipped for twins, while sister Taya has her own room next door.

They were delivered by Caesarean section: Anderson, came first at 6 pounds, 1.4 ounces; then Bennett, at 5 pounds, 5 ounces and Taya at 4 pounds, 9 ounces.

“We’re going to be busy, very busy,” Emily Hutchings said.

The couple already have three boys, ages 4, 5 and 6. The two younger ones go to pre-school a couple of days a week, while the eldest is in kindergarten.

“It’s almost like we have two sets of triplets now,” Jake Hutchings said.

He is the operations manager for a mobile dental clinic, Smiles for New Mexico Kids, that provides dental service in elementary schools in Rio Rancho, parts of Albuquerque, Belen and several communities east of the Sandia Mountains.

Having a big family was always part of the plan, the couple said. She is the fifth of 11 siblings, he the eldest of four. They were hoping for one more child, or perhaps twins, when they went to an in-vitro fertilization specialist in Chicago, according to the blog Jake Hutchings wrote about their experience.

Emily Hutchings was in her 10th week of pregnancy when they learned that they were expecting triplets.

“We were both in shock,” Jake Hutchings wrote in the blog.

But his wife’s pregnancy went without a hitch, and the children were born at 35 weeks 3 days.

“She was just a rock star,” he said.

The number of triplets being born has risen with the increased use of fertility treatments, said Tushar Dandade, a medical director at Presbyterian, but it’s still rare.

About three sets of triplets are born annually at the main Presbyterian hospital downtown.
— This article appeared on page 29 of the Albuquerque Journal

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