HOUSTON – Five baby girls born in a Houston hospital are the first ever all-girl quintuplets to survive in the United States. It's the first time it's happened worldwide since 1969, according to the Woman's Hospital of Texas.
It took only four minutes for Danielle Busby to deliver all five girls last week at The Woman's Hospital of Texas. She, husband Adam and big sister Blayke welcomed Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate and Riley Paige.
The babies arrived by C-section at 28 weeks and two days.
"We are so thankful and blessed," Danielle Busby said, "and I honestly give all the credit to my God. I am so thankful for this wonderful hospital and team of people here, they truly all are amazing."
Danielle had IUI, or intrauterine insemination, for both of her pregnancies.
"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. Dr. Reiter delivered the quintuplets with help from more than a dozen other medical personnel. Seven board-certified neonatologists are among the five medical teams caring for the newborns.
The girls are doing well and require only "modest support" to breathe.
"They were all in the appropriate weight range for their gestational age, which is due to their mother's excellent efforts to have the healthiest pregnancy possible," said Dr. Finkowski-Rivera. "They have made a strong start in life, and we are excited to watch them grow and mature."
The Busbys are recording their experience on their blog at www.itsabuzzworld.com