Move over, Kate … there are a new set of sextuplets in town.
Another Pennsylvania woman, Stacey Carey, 33, gave birth to sextuplets on Monday in Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania.
Stacey and her husband, Brendan, welcomed three girls and three boys: Emma, Samantha, Olivia, John, Patrick and Connor. They weighed from 1 pound, 1 ounce to 2 pounds, 5 ounces. Stacey is also mom to a 16-month-old daughter. The newborn infants remain in critical condition.
CNN reports that they babies were conceived with the help of fertility specialists who used a fertility treatment called ovulation induction.
Close to 60 medical staff participated in the deliveries. The staff, divided into color-coded teams, had trained and practiced for exactly what would happen that day:
“They did what they do every day, but they did it six times. So it was pretty spectacular,” said Barbara Wadsworth, the hospital’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer.
The babies are still not out of the woods health-wise. Delivered through a cesarean section at just 27 weeks, they are receiving ventilator and IV support and continue to be at very high risk for complications. They are also receiving nutrition intravenously in addition to their mother’s milk. Neonatologist Gerard Cleary said it was too early to make any predictions.
Stacey is thrilled and say the births were a “miracle”:
Our family of nine is now complete. We weren’t expecting a family this big, but we’re happy now.
Stacey Carey, 33, is a teacher in the Centennial School District and husband Brendan, 41 and works as a bartender at SugarHouse Casino. The couple lives in a four-bedroom house.
Fellow Pennsylvania residents Jon and Kate Gosselin had their six children delivered in the state back in 2004. Yet sextuplets are really quite rare. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 46 out of the 4.2 million births in the United states in 2008 were quintuplets or larger multiples.
As much as I love babies, I don’t think I could handle six at one time, even with help. I really admire the moms who have the patience and will do it. Congrats to Stacey and Brendan, and best wishes for the babies’ speedy recovery.
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