How This Couple Tried to Have a Baby for 17 years, Then Had Sextuplets

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Ajibola, of West Nigeria, gave birth to three boys and three girls on the morning of May 11 with the help of a 40-person team at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va.The remarkable birth marked the end of a long road. The couple first learned their wait was over in November after an ultrasound found four heartbeats. Two months later, they discovered they would have six children.”I was excited,” Adeboye said. “For the very first time we were expecting.”The prospect of six premature babies arriving at once prompted the hospital to plan and simulate the busy day. It required experts across the medical spectrum from nurses to labor and delivery specialists and chaplains.The team ran pre-delivery drills and resuscitation exercises to prepare.

“A typical labor and delivery shift includes one, perhaps two premature births, usually with time in between,” said Dr. Susan Lanni, the facility’s medical director of labor and delivery and maternal-fetal specialist.”We had to coordinate with our colleagues in the NICU for six premature babies to be delivered simultaneously.”The newborns were born by C-section, ranging in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces, to 2 pounds, 15 ounces. Ajibola was 30 weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth.

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