Making the choice to start a family is a big, exciting decision. Some couples decide to wait for marriage or older age, whereas some families are blessed with surprises that were never part of the plan. Bringing another life into this world is one of the most rewarding things someone can experience, but it doesn't always come easy. Although many couples happen to conceive without much effort, some people go months or years without any luck.
Pregnancy starts to seem unobtainable, and this is enough to crush any hopeful woman's spirits. Many people start to lose hope and wonder if they will ever be able to have their own children, but one couple decided to keep trying despite the odds. After a total of 17 years, they finally conceived, and you won't believe the bundle of joy they were blessed with. Patience is most definitely a virtue, but for this couple, it paid off big!
Bringing a baby into the world with the one you love is a big commitment and an exciting decision. While some couples jump straight to painting the baby's room and picking out names, others have to focus on conception issues and possible infertility. One couple in Virginia went almost two decades without conceiving, but then everything changed - in a really big way!
Ajibola Taiwo and her husband Adeboye - originally from Nigeria - tried to get pregnant for over 17 years, with no success. It wasn't last year that they were finally able to conceive, and their ultrasound in November revealed a total of four heartbeats.
"I was excited," Adeboye Taiwo stated, "For the very first time we were expecting."
An ultrasound in January revealed that the couple was having six babies, not four.
Sextuplets are extremely rare, and it is even rarer for the delivery to go off without a hitch. In the beginning of May, Ajibola Taiwo went into labor, and it was time to meet her six bundles of joy!
Taiwo gave birth at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia on May 11, with a total of 40 hospital staff assisting with the delivery. The team prepared in advance for her c-section, and the result was nothing but incredible.
Taiwo went into labor at 30 weeks and two days, but she gave birth to six healthy babies, three girls and three boys. The weight of these babies ranged from one pound, 10 ounces to two pounds, 15 ounces, according to the New York Post.
In the year 2015, only 24 of the total 4 million live births involved quintuplets or greater, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This makes the children of Ajibola and Adeboye Taiwo quite remarkable.
These six babies are doing exceptionally well at the NICU at VCU Medical Center, and the staff is proud to be part of their huge life event.
"We're going through this extraordinary journey together with the family," stated Ronald Ramus, M.D., director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Congratulations to Ajibola Taiwo on such a spectacular and successful delivery!