Sextuplets delivered in time for Father’s Day
A couple from Alabama have become proud parents to sextuplets.
More than 50 medical professionals at Brookwood Medical Center in Alabama helped deliver the healthy babies who ranged in weight from 1lbs 10 oz to 2lbs 5oz. The Carroll’s household is now home to seven children with the addition of five girls and one boy on Saturday.
Despite being born at 28 weeks, each baby, delivered by Caesarean, came out crying and breathing on their own. The sextuplets are building up their strength in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and their mother is said to be stable.
On delivery, doctors named each child a letter from the alphabet from A to F. The Carroll’s have used these letters to influence the names of their children – Abbie, Brooklyn, Chloe, David, Ellie and Faith. They arrived in just three minutes with Abbie being the eldest at 8.05am and Faith being the youngest at 8.08am.
At just 5’2”, Heather revealed she had to spend the month before birth in bed to give the sextuplets the best chance of survival. She also had to consume 6,000 calories each day just to ensure her babies were nourished.
The couple had struggled for years to have children and Heather had been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries following four miscarriages.
The couple underwent intrauterine insemination to have their first child, Grant, who is 22 months old. The process involves taking fertility drugs to boost her own egg production before her husband’s sperm was injected directly into her uterus.
It was this same process that has resulted in her sextuplets. Intrauterine insemination has been linked to multiple births in the past, but rarely sextuplets.
Heather Carroll is the second woman from the US to give birth to sextuplets this month. Stacey Carey from Abingdon, Pennsylvania also gave birth to six babies just two weeks ago.
Photography by Brookwood Medical Center