If the idea of taking one baby home from the maternity ward gives you palpitations, imagine six! Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo were losing hope after 17 long years of trying to start a family. But today, they are the proud parents of sextuplets; three healthy boys and three healthy girls. They’re adorable, don’t you agree? Here’s how it happened.
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In November of 2016, Ajibola and her husband, Adeboye, natives of Western Nigeria, visited Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond for an ultrasound. When the machine registered a grand total of four heartbeats, they were overjoyed. “I was excited,” father-to-be Adeboye told VCU News, who proudly shared the Taiwos’ journey on their website. “For the very first time we were expecting.” Mere weeks later, two additional heartbeats joined the prenatal party, and the Taiwos looked set to be expecting sextuplets!
Sextuplets are rare. According to Very Well Family, the first surviving set of sextuplets was born in South Africa in 1974. CBC News reports that the odds of giving birth to sextuplets spontaneously are a jaw-dropping one in 4.7 billion, not to mention, delivering six babies at once is no mean feat.
Immediately after the Taiwos learned they were expecting sextuplets, a 40-person-strong medical team was assembled at VCU to practice “delivery drills.” The crack team included experts from maternal-fetal medicine, labor and delivery, nursing, anesthesia, respiratory, neonatal medicine, social work, nutrition, cardiology, and even chaplain services. “We’re going through this extraordinary journey together with the family,” shared Ronald Ramus M.D., director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at VCU. “It’s not every day that parents bring home sextuplets. Mrs. Taiwo was eating, sleeping, and breathing for seven!”
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The babies were ready to start life in the outside world at 30 weeks and were delivered amid much fanfare by cesarean section in the early morning of May 11, 2017. They were tiny babies, tiny but healthy. They weighed in variously from 1 pound 10 ounces (approx. 737 grams) to 2 pounds 15 ounces (approx. 1.3 kg), akin to six bags of sugar, although much, much sweeter. “This is an amazing medical accomplishment,” shared VCU’s medical director Dr. Russell Moores, “that would not be possible without the outstanding coordination of our obstetrics and neonatal teams.”
Couple Who Tried to Conceive for 17 Years Welcomes Sextuplets: ‘I Was Excited,’ Says Dad https://t.co/oScUPXugrj
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Adeboye, all of a sudden an elated father of six, was over the moon. “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.”
Ajibola was discharged seven days later while the couple’s babies remained in the NICU for routine observation. “I hope for the smallest of my six children to grow up and say, ‘I was so small, and look at me now,’” Ajibola smiled. “I want my kids [to] come back to VCU to study,” she added, “and learn to care for others with the same people who cared for me and my family.”
The Taiwos tried to conceive for 17 years. This May they were overcome with joy to welcome sextuplets to the family – three girls and three boys. The babies are all doing well in the NICU at CHoR.
One year after the sextuplets’ birth, the proud (and, quite frankly, amazing—just think of all those baths, changes, and hungry mouths to feed!) parents showed off their beautiful brood on Instagram. They are delighted with their miraculous family, and may the babies continue to grow big and strong, just as Ajibola wishes them to.