Girl triplets were born during the early hours of yesterday at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, Moto’otua.
The occasion is considered a rarity at the hospital in Samoa, according to a Nurse who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity. She said she is not authorized to speak to the media.
She confirmed however that the mother of the triplets, Jacinta Siaosi from Matautu Lefaga and Sataua gave birth naturally without any complications.
“The eldest was born at 2:32am, the second was at 2:36am while the youngest was born at 2:40am,” she said.
“The eldest is 1.9kilos, the second is 2.3kilos and the youngest is 2.5kilos. It seems like the youngest is eating all the food.
“The triplets are healthy, but we are just keeping them here just for precaution.”
Asked how many triplets have been born in Samoa, the nurse said she could not remember.
“I can’t really remember, but all I can say is that usually in cases like this, the mother will be referred overseas,” she said.
“However, we manage to care for the mother and her children and she gave birth naturally, she is strong and so are the triplets.”
Mother of the triplets, Jacinta Siaosi, shed tears of joy when she spoke to the Samoa Observer.
“We have two eldest girls and now another three, no boys,” she said.
“I have been admitted in the hospital since last week Thursday.”
She said she did not know she was having triplets until she went for a scan at the Family Health Clinic at Savalalo.
“Every time I go to the district hospital for my usual scan, the nurses there said there was one heart beat and that the baby was fine,” she said.
“So last week, I wanted to know the gender of my baby so I came to the Family Health Service Clinic at Savalalo for a scan.
“It was there that the doctor at the family health told me that there are three heart beats, I didn’t believe it at first, but then he referred me to Motootua.”
Mrs. Siaosi said when she came to Motootua the nurses there admitted her straight away.
“I was admitted straight away per instructions by the physicians that it was nearing time for the triplets to be delivered. So I called my husband and my mother and we have been here ever since.”
Mrs. Siaosi is thankful to God for being with her during the time of labour.
“I thank God that my girls are healthy and strong,” she said.
“I always see cases where mothers have to go through the pain of losing one, but I am thankful that I was able to make it and so as my girls.
“At the moment we haven’t decided on any names yet, but hopefully we get to go home soon.”