One Alabama family found themselves heartbroken and nervous when, just months after having a miscarriage, they discovered they were expecting again. At 30 weeks, though, mom Courtney Waldrop had her rainbow baby—six times over.
According to recent statistics, roughly 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies in the United States alone end in a miscarriage each year.
The majority of those happen within the first seven weeks—with many women failing to recognize their symptoms as a pregnancy before something goes wrong—and the heartbreaking reality is that, for some families, higher risks of miscarriage mean they go through the tragedy more than once.
That was the case for Courtney Waldrop and her husband, Eric.
After Courtney delivered their oldest son, Saylor, in December 2008, the couple lost three consecutive pregnancies. Although Courtney had no problems with conception, she struggled to carry the babies to term. “I just can’t hold on to them,” Courtney explained to People. Although the family was optimistic with each pregnancy, they knew that there was a high medical risk of something going wrong.
After their third miscarriage, the couple opted to use fertility treatments in an attempt to grow their family; after envisioning a large household as middle-school sweethearts, they wanted to do everything they could to give Saylor siblings.
The treatments worked, resulting in the birth of twin boys—Wale and Bridge—in January 2012, and, hoping for the best, the couple tried again naturally in 2017.
In January 2017, though, Courtney miscarried for a fourth time.
Her doctor opted for fertility treatments again, this time putting her on a low dose of the drugs in an attempt to prevent the birth of multiples.
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As with the twins, the Waldrops were successful in conceiving with the drugs—but instead of the single birth they’d anticipated with the low hormone dose, Courtney’s doctor found six heartbeats on the Doppler.
The couple were naturally concerned about things going wrong again, this time due to the high risks that sextuplet pregnancies bring.
“I was scared to death,” Courtney said. “I’m a smaller framed girl, and my first thoughts were on how I was going to successfully get six kids here without something happening to them or me. There was a lot of fear. We didn’t know what to do or think.”
After going on bed rest at 25 weeks to help carry the babies closer to the family’s projected full term—Courtney and Eric were hoping for 30 weeks, reducing the risk of severe complications that come from births any earlier than that—the then-35-year-old mom of three (now a mom of nine) gave birth on Dec. 11, 2017.
All six bundles of joy were delivered in a four-minute span via C-section at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children.
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The six babies are split perfectly in half, with three boys—named Blu Wellington, Tag Bricker, and Layke Bryars—and three girls, named Rayne McCoy, Rivers McCall, and Rawlings McClaine.
“Everything happens on God’s timing. And he knew my body couldn’t last much longer and it was time to meet our six precious gifts from God,” Courtney wrote on the family’s Facebook page. “They’re oh so very little but absolutely perfect!”
TV viewers had a glimpse into the Waldrop family’s lives after the premiere of their TV show Sweet Home Sextuplets on TLC in September 2018. It’s hard to resist the Waldrop Sextuplets’s cuteness; no wonder their show has been well received on TLC!
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