Baby boy Ifeoluwa Alao, one of the premature triplets born yesterday [Feb 11] at Woodhull Hospital. His mother traveled all the way from Nigeria to deliver her triplets in the Brooklyn hospital.KEVIN C. DOWNS/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A Nigerian woman came all the way to Brooklyn to deliver triplets — with the help of their proud new grandma. Temitope Alao, 34, gave birth to the 3-pound bundles of joy at Woodhull Hospital Thursday morning, about eight months into her pregnancy.
A girl, Temiloluwa, and two boys, Oluwafikayomi and Ifeoluwa, were welcomed by the family in a special way. In the delivery room was Afolake Alao, 58, a longtime registered nurse at Woodhull Medical Center and the trio’s grandmother.
Afolake Alao said she insisted that her daughter-in-law, who had been trying to conceive for six years, come to the United States for the delivery. “I knew she would get good care here,” she told reporters during a press availability at the hospital Friday.
Her journey to New York involved a 13-hour flight with a layover in Paris. Temitope Alao made the trip with her own mother, Adejoke Ogunrinde, on Jan. 21.
Alfolake Alao (center), 58, is a nurse at Woodhull Hospital and helped her daughter-in-law Temitope Alao (r.) deliver triplets on Thursday. Alao traveled to New York with her mom Adejoke Ogunrinde (l.).
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“I’m so happy,” said Temitope Alao, the beaming but groggy new mom. She said she’s not intimidated by the thought of caring for three infants at once. “I’ll manage,” she said, adding she was “very active” during her pregnancy.
The only thing left to do for the family is to introduce the babies to their dad for the first time. Temitope’s husband is still Nigeria.
“We are trying to get him here to see the babies,” she said.
The family will return to their native country when the babies are old enough to travel, they said. Temiloluwa, the girl’s name, means “God belongs to me.” The boys names stand for “God has increased my joy” and “God’s love.”