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Why are These Lesbian Moms of Multiples a World First?

quintuplets, IVF

A premie baby like one of the quintuplets born of unusual circumstances.

Two women became the mothers of quintuplets, and it’s being called a world first.

Births of large numbers of multiples is still rare but ever more common with assisted reproductive technology. So that’s not what make this such an unusual story. And lesbian moms? They’ve got their own Oscar-nominated movie, so that’s hardly a head-turner.

What makes the situation for Australians Melissa Keevers, 27, and Rosemary Nolan, 22, is how the multiples came to be:

Keevers became pregnant NOT via in-vitro fertilization, which carries with it a high risk of multiple births. Rather, through regular old run-of-the-mill artificial insemination.

The odds of her becoming pregnant with quints was 60 million to one.

The two boys and three girls, Charlie, Noah, Eireann, Evie and Abby, join their 18-month-old sister, Lily. The newest babies are doing well, though they were born three months premature at 26 weeks gestation.

The babies should be able to leave the hospital and go home soon, where the two moms already know they’ll need round-the-clock volunteers for the first few months and, possibly, years, to help them.

Side note that’s totally buried: according to the law in Queensland, where the children were born, their non-birth mother, Nolan, won’t be recognized as their other parent on their birth certificates and also won’t be allowed to adopt them, according to The Daily Mail.

Photo: bradleyolin via flickr

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