'Quadruplets' Born Three Years Apart

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The amazing "quadruplets" born three years apart, Grantham, Lincolnshire, Britain - Feb 2010 Credit: Gary Roberts, Rex / Rex USA

In January, 3-year-old Alice Baxter, of England, became a big sister -- times three.

Alice was conceived in 2006, via in vitro fertilization (IVF), and her parents, Helen and Shane Baxter, had the remaining embryos frozen. Last year, three of the embryos were implanted, and triplets Maisy, Niamh and Noah were born, six weeks early, in January.

The four children are being called quadruplets by the British press.

But that's not entirely accurate, says Dr. James Goldfarb, president of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology and director of the Infertility and IVF Program at the Cleveland Clinic. "For children to be quadruplets, they have to have developed simultaneously in the mother's womb."

It isn't unusual for a woman to get pregnant from the same batch of embryos, he says, though the number of triplet IVF pregnancies in this country has declined, as doctors now tend to implant fewer embryos.

Whether you call these children quadruplets or triplets plus one, with three infants and a toddler, the Baxters have their hands full!

Related: One Way to Deal With The Remarks When Pregnant With Multiples

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