They say that good things happen to those who wait.
This couple learned just that, when after spending nearly two decades trying to conceive, they eventually had sextuplets! It’s like having your own personal version of “The Brady Bunch!”
Ajibola and Adeboye Taiwo had tried to have a child together for about 17 years, but they had no luck, at least until recently.
Ajibola eventually had six children at once, three boys and three girls. The children had been born at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, which reports that the mother and her children are in full health.
The babies were born at 8:26 a.m. on May 11 and required the use of a 40-person medical team. In the end, the babies were delivered by Caesarean section.
At one point during the pregnancy, it was believed that the couple was only having four babies. They did not realize there were going to be six until January.
According to The Washington Post, “It’s not every day that parents bring home sextuplets,” said Ronald Ramus, director of VCU Medical Center’s maternal-fetal medicine division, adding that their mother would have been “eating, sleeping and breathing for seven.”
All the babies were born premature, and this increased complications. “A typical labor and delivery shift includes one, perhaps two premature births, usually with time in between,” Susan Lanni, a medical director of labor and delivery and a maternal-fetal specialist at VCU Medical Center, said in a statement, “We had to coordinate with our colleagues in the [neonatal unit] for six premature babies to be delivered simultaneously.”
The couple, who originated from Nigeria, was once pressured into a divorce due to their problems trying to have a baby.
According to The Huffington Post, “I made it known to them that I love my wife so deeply,” said Adeboye, “I assured them that my wife, Ajibola, would surely give birth to [a] baby for me at God’s own time and in His season.” Now that they have sextuplets, those naysayers are probably feeling embarrassed!
The family is grateful for their new family and for the medical team’s help. “The medical team is excellent in medicine and hospitality,” Adeboye said in the statement, adding that, “We are far from home but the medical team is our family. That is what got us this far.”
Ajibola added “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.”