Thursday, May 20, 2010
UK Mom Welcomes Sextuplets 14 Weeks Early!
Surrounded by a team of doctors and nurses, the 31-year-old woman welcomed four girls and two boys last Friday at just 26 weeks gestation, weighing between 1lb 5oz and 1lb 15oz.
The tiny babies are now in the NICU under 24 hour care at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.
Doctors say the few days and weeks will be 'critical' for the siblings, who are dependent on a vast array of medical equipment and the devotion of experts for their survival.
Staff at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals said they felt 'privileged' to have played a part in the birth, which had been the subject of meticulous planning over several weeks.
There were different teams of medical staff at the birth to look after the mother and each of her babies.
Dr Kenny McCormick, Consultant Neonatologist said:
'The next few days and weeks will be critical. Babies that are born this early need a lot of specialist care.During this difficult time the couple has asked to be left in peace to focus on their babies.
Even though they seem more common, such a high number of babies is incredibly rare and the birth of sextuplets is estimated to occur in just one in every 4.5million pregnancies.