Houston-area woman gives birth to all-female quintuplets in US

Houston-area woman gives birth to all-female quintuplets in US

A Houston resident has become the first woman to deliver all-female quintuplets born in the US. The last time a pregnancy resulted in the birth of five girls occurred in London in 1969.

The baby girls were delivered by Danielle Busby last week at the Women's Hospital of Texas. She gave birth to Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate and Riley Paige by C-section after a 28-week, two-day pregnancy. It took just four minutes for the birth of all five baby girls.

Danielle Busby said, "We are so thankful and blessed. 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".

Busby's had trouble conceiving. She used fertility drugs with a procedure called IUI (Intrauterine insemination) for both of her pregnancies. She delivered Blayke. After waiting for couple of years, she tried again, and delivered five tiny baby girls.

Dr. Alexander Reiter, maternal-fetal medicine specialist with Houston Perinatal Associates, delivered the quintuplets with help from more than a dozen other medical personnel.

According to Reiter, the girls are doing well and require only "modest support" to breathe. Dr. Finkowski-Rivera, medical director of Woman's Hospital's neonatal ICU, who assisted in the delivery said that the babies' weight at birth ranged from 2 pounds to 2 pounds, 6 ounces and their length from 13.4 inches to 14.4.

Dr. Finkowski-Rivera added that they were all in the appropriate weight range for their gestational age. This happened due to their mother's excellent efforts to have the healthiest pregnancy possible.

Seven board-certified neonatologists were among the five medical teams assembled to provide care after the babies' arrival.