For seventeen years, Ajibola and Adeboye Taiwo from Nigeria tried to have a child but had no luck.
But then on May 11, Taiwo gave birth to three boys and three girls by cesarean section at a Richmond hospital.
Talk about an instant family!
Taiwo was thirty weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth to the sextuplets with the help of a forty-person medical team.
The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces and are still in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit but doing well.
“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, according to the hospital’s press release. “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.”
The couple had tried to conceive a child for nearly two decades.
They were thrilled to hear four heartbeats at their ultrasound in November, but no one realized until January during another doctor’s appointment that the couple would be having two more.
It was the first sextuplet delivery in the history of the hospital, and the medical team planned for months with delivery drills.
“A typical labor and delivery shift includes one, perhaps two premature births, usually with time in between,” Susan Lanni, medical director of labor and delivery and a maternal-fetal specialist at VCU Medical Center, said in a statement. But with this pregnancy, “we had to coordinate with our colleagues in the [neonatal unit] for six premature babies to be delivered simultaneously.”
The parents, who are not yet doing interviews with the media, are excited and understandably exhausted.
Congrats on your new additions!