Richmond, VA (PPN) – A couple in Virginia are thrilled to bring sextuplets into the world after waiting 17 years to conceive.
Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo had three girls and three boys on May 11 at VCU Medical Center. It took a forty-person team to deliver the babies successfully.
“We’re going through this extraordinary journey together with the family,” said Ronald Ramus, M.D., director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at VCU Medical Center. “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.”
In November, the Nigerian couple was told they were only having four kids during their first ultrasound but in January, doctors told them that they were expecting sextuplets.
Delivering sextuplets requires a coordinated team effort including many hours of planning and simulation. The Taiwos’ medical team included experts from maternal-fetal medicine, labor and delivery, nursing, anesthesia, respiratory, neonatal medicine, social work, nutrition, cardiology and chaplain services, according to VCU news.
The father Adeboye was extremely pleased with VCU’s medical team, his wife was discharged on May 18.
“The medical team is excellent in medicine and hospitality,” he said. “We are far from home but the medical team is our family. That is what got us this far.”
The children are currently in NICU.
“I hope for the smallest of my six children to grow up and say ‘I was so small, and look at me now,’” said Ajibola Taiwo. “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.”
Mrs. Taiwo was 30 weeks and 2 days pregnant when she had her first cesarean section. The babies weight ranged from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces.