HOUSTON — A Christian mother in Texas has given birth to the nation’s first all-female quintuplets after refusing her doctors’ advice to consider “selective reduction” abortion.
Danielle and Adam Busby had struggled with infertility following their marriage and decided to seek help. But the medicines and intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedures that they tried were unsuccessful.
“[W]e completely laid it at God’s feet and said that we would try one last time,” the Busby family explained on their GoFundMe page.
The IUI procedure finally worked, and the Busbys conceived a daughter that they named Blayke. But in the years that passed, the Busbys yearned for another child. After trying on their own again failed, Danielle underwent an IUI regiment and obtained a positive pregnancy result in just two months.
However, they were soon in for a big surprise.
“Never would we have imagined the plan that God had for us in our journey to grow our little family,” the Busbys said.
During an ultrasound last year, they discovered that five babies were growing inside Danielle’s womb.
“What a blessing to see and hear five little heartbeats, but also extremely overwhelming when trying to wrap our minds around everything that will come with having five babies all at once,” the couple stated.
But the Busbys were advised to consider “selective reduction” and eliminate some of the babies to give their siblings a greater chance at being born healthy. They declined.
“We are holding on to our faith and convictions as followers of Christ and refuse to abort over half of our babies per the medical doctors advice,” the Busbys stated. “Every week not one baby showed any signs of having problems or issues. All hearbeats and scans have been great. How would you even choose at that point?”
On April 8, at 28 weeks gestation, Danielle gave birth to five healthy girls via C-section: Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate and Riley Paige.
“We are so thankful and blessed,” she said in a press release from The Women’s Hospital of Texas. “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 is a trooper, and her positive attitude definitely shined through the pregnancy and the delivery,” Dr. Alexander Reiter, maternal-fetal medicine specialist with Houston Perinatal Associates, added.
Dr. Jayne Finkowski-Rivera, The Woman Hospital of Texas NICU medical director, said that the babies are doing well.
“The baby girls did well during the delivery and are currently requiring only modest support of their breathing,” she explained. “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. They have made a strong start in life, and we are excited to watch them grow and mature.”
According to the hospital, there has not been a set of all-female quintuplets born in the world since 1969, and there has never been all-female quintuplets born to a mother in the United States—until now.