For 17 years, Ajibola and AdeBᴏʏe Taiwo tried to have a child but had no luck. Until now, times six. Ajibola Taiwo gave birth to sextuplets this month at a Richmond hospital, and doctors said the three Bᴏʏs and three girls , along with their mother, are doing well.
Taiwo and her husband, Adeboye Taiwo, who are from Nigeria, were overcome with joy when they saw four heartbeats at a November ultrasound. In January, doctors at V.C.U Mᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ Cᴇɴᴛᴇʀ informed the parents-to-be that there were actually two more. Adeboye said:”I was excited. For the very first time, we were expecting.” It is not clear if the sextuplets were ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ with the help of in ᴠɪᴛʀᴏ ғᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴢᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, but a pregnancy that size is ʀᴀʀᴇ . Ronald Ramus, M.D., director of the Dɪᴠɪsɪᴏɴ ᴏғ Mᴀᴛᴇʀɴᴀʟ-Fᴇᴛᴀʟ Mᴇᴅɪᴄɪɴᴇ at V.C.U Mᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ Cᴇɴᴛᴇʀ said:” We’re going through this extraordinary journey together with the family. It’s not every day that parents bring home sextuplets. Taiwo was eating, sleeping and breathing for seven. A lot of the support and encouragement we gave her to make it as far as she did was important, and one of the biggest contributions we made as a team.”
Taiwo gave birth via C-section at 30 weeks, two days gestation. The babies were born at 8:26 a.m. May 11 with the help of a 40-person medical team. The babies range in size from 1 pound 10 ounces to 2 pounds 15 ounces. In a statement, officials said the infants, whose names were not released, “are doing well and continue to thrive.” She was discharged on May 18 and the couple helps to care for their children in the N.I.C.U.
Taiwo 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 V.C.U to study and learn to care for others with the same people who cared for me and my family.”