The most important lesson I’ve learned these past two years is that there are many ways to create a family. Inheriting a stepdaughter, birthing my own little girl, and embracing a second marriage was definitely not how I expected my personal life to go. But in opening my heart up to any kind of possibility, I have found a home I love — and a family to call my own.
When it comes to keeping your heart open, Nigerian couple Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo know the feeling all too well. They spent an impressive 17 years trying to conceive a child together. After almost two decades of fertility struggles, the married couple welcomed a beautiful surprise last November. Not only was Ajibola pregnant, but they were delighted to see four heartbeats on a monitor at their first ultrasound.
Then, two months later, they welcomed another surprise when they learned they were in fact expecting sextuplets!
Surrounded by a team of 40 medical professionals at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Ajibola successfully gave birth to her six beautiful children. And aren’t they as cute as can be?
Ajibola was about 30 weeks pregnant, so the act of bringing her babies into the world so early required the masterful skill and care of VCU’s trained staff. And since this was the hospital’s first sextuplet delivery, they made sure to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure it went smoothly.
In a hospital press release, Medical Director of Labor and Delivery Susan Lanni described the medical staff’s process for tending to the Taiwo family’s special circumstances.
“The team quickly assembled to begin prenatal management and delivery planning including pre-delivery drills and resuscitation exercises. A typical labor and delivery shift includes one, perhaps two premature births, usually with time in between. We had to coordinate with our colleagues in the NICU for six premature babies to be delivered simultaneously,” she says.
Since the big day, these kiddos have been quite at home in VCU’s neonatal intensive care unit, where they are being cared for by the staff, along with their dedicated parents. While Ajibola was discharged from the hospital last week, she and her husband have remained active in their babies’ care in the NICU.
Ronald Ramus, director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division at VCU’s Medical Center, considers the family’s journey an extraordinary one.
“It’s not every day that parents bring home sextuplets. Mrs. Taiwo was eating, sleeping and breathing for seven. A lot of the support and encouragement we gave her to make it as far as she did was important, and one of the biggest contributions we made as a team,” he shared in the press release.
Adeboye is truly impressed with how the hospital staff has treated his family during this life-changing occasion, and his appreciation is palpable.
“The medical team is excellent in medicine and hospitality. We are far from home, but the medical team is our family. That is what got us this far,” he says.
For Ajibola, the experience has gone beyond just the miracle of birth. Like her husband, she feels that VCU’s care has left an imprint she hopes will inspire her own children for years to come. “I hope for the smallest of my six children to grow up and say, ‘I was so small, and look at me now. I want my kids [to] come back to VCU to study and learn to care for others with the same people who cared for me and my family,” she shares.
Understandably, both the family and hospital have chosen not to do interviews at this time and instead will focus on caring for the precious newborns.
Ajibola and Adeboye Taiwo are beyond inspiring. Their story is a powerful reason to stay openhearted amidst the most trying of circumstances. I can’t even begin to imagine how it must feel to trust in life as much as these two have. I will certainly learn from their heartwarming example, especially with my own family.