Sextuplets born in Virginia after parents tried to conceive for 17 years

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RICHMOND, Va. -- After trying to conceive for 17 years, a Nigerian couple welcomed sextuplets into the world at Virginia's VCU Medical Center earlier this month, according to WTVR.

Three girls and three boys were successfully delivered at the hospital for the first time on the morning of May 11.

Ajibola Taiwo was 30 weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth by cesarean section with the help of a 40-person team. The babies ranged in weight from 1 pound, 10 ounces to 2 pounds, 15 ounces.

The Taiwo sextuplets were born on May 11, 2017 at VCU Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of VCU)

The couple learned they were pregnant with four babies in November. It wasn’t until they arrived in Richmond that they learned they were expecting sextuplets.

The father, Adeboye Taiwo, said the moment was a long time in the making -- 17 years to be exact.

“I was excited,” Taiwo said. "For the very first time we were expecting.”

The pregnancy was extremely rare as there were only 24 quintuplets or other higher order births in 2015, according of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(L to R) Adeboye and Ajibola Taiwo hold two of their sextuplets on May 23, 2017. (Photo courtesy of VCU)

That is out of nearly 4 million live births in the United States.

“We’re going through this extraordinary journey together with the family,” said Ronald Ramus, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at VCU Medical Center.

“It’s not every day that parents bring home sextuplets. Mrs. 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.”

The hospital said the sextuplets are doing well and are thriving in the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU neonatal intensive care unit.

Jamie Burton, RN, repositioned one of the sextuplets, comforting her with a crocheted octopus (Photo courtesy of VCU)

Ajibola Taiwo was discharged from the hospital May 18.

“The medical team is excellent in medicine and hospitality,” Adeboye Taiwo said. “We are far from home but the medical team is our family. That is what got us this far.”

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