After Weeks Of Preparation, January 26, 2009 Would Be The Date That They Would Deliver Seven Babies From One Mother.
The four obstetric operating rooms and their teams at Kaiser Permanente in Bellflower, California, were ready for very special day....
The four obstetric operating rooms and their teams at Kaiser Permanente in Bellflower, California, were ready for very special day. After weeks of preparation, January 26, 2009 would be the date that they would deliver seven babies from one mother - thought to be only the third or fourth set of septuplets ever delivered in the United States. The rehearsals all paid off: The babies were delivered "flawlessly, just as they had practiced." But - after "Baby G," the seventh baby, was delivered - there was a surprise. Dr Alejandro Vasquez said, "Wait a minute, I think I feel a hand." And then, at 10:48 a.m., baby number 8 was delivered. The octuplets - six boys and two girls - were delivered by scheduled Cesarean section, and the birth and immediate care was being managed by a team of 52 medical professionals, led by Dr Karen E Maples, Chief of Obstetrics for Bellflower Medical Center, and Dr Harold M Henry, a perinatologist (a specialist i, high-risk pregnancies) at the Center. "What a shocker this was," said Dr Maples, who worked alongside Dr Henry during the delivery. A shock, indeed: The hospital's research shows that this is only the second known set of octuplets born in the US. Both Dr Maples and Dr Henry had high praise for the team. "It went flawlessly," said Dr Henry of the delivery that took only five minutes in total. Each one of the babies cried spontaneously after birth - which is always a good sign, according to the doctors. The babies' names haven't been released, so for now, the octuplets are being nicknamed alphabetical order, based on when they were born:
- 10:43 am Baby A, a boy, weighing 2 pounds, 11 ounces (the first born)
- 10:44 am Baby B, a girl, weighing 2 pounds, 12 ounces
- 10:45 am Baby C, a boy, weighing 3 pounds 4 ounces (the biggest baby)
- 10:45 am Baby D, a girl, weighing 2 pounds 8 ounces
- 10:46 am Baby E, a boy, weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces (the smallest baby)
- 10:47 am Baby F, a boy, weighing 2 pounds, 12 ounces
- 10:47 am Baby G, a boy, weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces
- 10:48 am Baby H, a boy weighing 2 pounds, 11 ounces (was the surprise baby who was hidden on the ultrasound)