A Houston couple became the parents of the United States’ first ever all-girl quintuplets to s.urvive. It’s the first time its happened worldwide since 1969, according to The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Danielle Busby, husband Adam and big sister Blayke welcomed the baby girls into their family last week.
According to the family’s Facebook page, Danielle gave birth to her five girls on April 8. It took an incredible four minutes for Danielle, who had i.ntrauterine i.nsemination for both of her pregnancies, to deliver the ᴍɪʀᴀᴄʟᴇ babies via C-section. Her pregnancy lasted 28 weeks and two days. More than a dozen medical personnel helped deliver the girls: Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Parker Kate, Riley Paige, and Hazel Grace. The children, who were born, weighed between 900 and 1100 grams – extremely light and small, but healthy.
“I really didn’t think about how big a deal (giving birth to quintuplets) is, but now that all my beautiful babies are here it’s crazy,” Danielle Busby said during a Wednesday news conference at Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston. “It was just us and now we have the first ever U.S. all-girl quintuplets. It’s crazy.”
The couple struggled at first to have children so they turned to in.trauterine in.semination. That led to the birth of Blayke, who Danielle described as “a princess.” They used the process again when seeking to have their second child, but didn’t expect to get these type of results.
After discovering there were five babies, doctors ᴀᴅᴠɪsᴇᴅ the couple to ᴀʙᴏʀᴛ some of the ꜰᴇᴛᴜsᴇs due to the ʀɪsᴋs. They chose not to because of their religious beliefs.
Doctors reported that the babies were doing well and required only modest breathing support. They will probably be in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit for three weeks.
“Danielle is a trooper, and her positive attitude definitely shined through the pregnancy and the delivery,” said Dr. Alexander Reiter, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist with Houston Perinatal Associates.
“They were all in the appropriate weight range for their gestational age,” said Dr. Finkowski-Rivera. “They have made a strong start in life, and we are excited to watch them grow and mature.”
Danielle said that the couple’s church community has come forward, in addition to their families, offering to take turns on diaper duty. They have also been given support through a GoFundMe page started to cover some of their expenses.
“We feel confident that we will have help,” she said at a news conference Wednesday at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.