A Texas woman accomplished the unthinkable by giving birth to six babies in nine minutes. Thelma Chiaka delivered the sextuplets at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas on Friday, March 15. The babies – four boys and two girls – are all said to be in a stable condition. All the six babies delivered in nine minutes have healthy body weights, ranging from 1 pound, 12 ounces to 2 pounds, 14 ounces. The four boys and two girls, whom Thelma named Zina and Zuriel, are all doing well and recuperating with their mother at the hospital, according to the hospital press release.
The hospital, however, has not divulged how the babies were delivered – by C-section or natural birth.
What are Sextuplets?
Sextuplets are a set of six children who are delivered together. Sextuplets are extremely rare; the odds of delivering six children at a time by natural means is one in 4.7 billion.
But Thelma is not the first woman to deliver sextuplets. In 1968, Birmingham, England, the Thorns sextuplets became the first-known ones to be born alive. There were other famous ones like Rosenkowitz sextuplets, Dilley sextuplets and Giannini sextuplets. Identical Twin Brothers Propose to Identical Twin Sisters, Know Tips to Conceive Twins.
How are Sextuplets Conceived?
In the last 30 years, the incidence of multiple births has grown due to assisted reproduction techniques such as IVF procedures. Other factors include increasing maternal age of conception and changes in the demographics due to immigration. 7 Things That Will Help You Conceive Faster.
But multiple pregnancies is not safe for the mothers and the children. Women who carry more than one foetus are at an increased risk of miscarriages, anaemia, hypertension, bleeding, operative delivery and pregnancy-related illnesses.
These women also face more problems such as nausea, vomiting and other minor ailments related to pregnancy.