Houston-area mom delivers only set of female quintuplets born in U.S.

By Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor, Haley Hernandez - Health Reporter

HOUSTON - The only female quintuplets born in the United States were born in Houston at The Woman's Hospital of Texas. The girls were born on April 8 at 4:41 p.m. 

It took only four minutes for mom, Danielle Busby, to deliver all five girls.  She and her husband, Adam, and big sister, Blayke, welcomed Olivia Marie, Ava Lane, Hazel Grace, Parker Kate and Riley Paige, who arrived by C-section at 28 weeks and 2 days.

There has not been a set of all female quintuplets since 1969 in the world and it is the first set of all female quintuplets born in the United States.   

Mom is relieved and grateful. 

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

The Busbys, who are recording their experience on their blog, are part of a select group of parents. According to the most recent information from the National Center for Health Statistics, the number of quintuplets and other higher order births in 2013 totaled only 66 nationwide.  Danielle had IUI, or intrauterine insemination, for both of her pregnancies.

"Danielle is a trooper, and her positive attitude definitely shined through the pregnancy and the delivery," said Dr. Alexander Reiter, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist with Houston Perinatal Associates.

Dr. Reiter delivered the quintuplets with help from more than a dozen other medical personnel. Additionally, seven board-certified neonatologists were among the five medical teams assembled to provide care after the babies' arrival.

Dr. Jayne Finkowski-Rivera, The Woman Hospital of Texas NICU Medical Director, assisted during the delivery.

"The baby girls did well during the delivery and are currently requiring only modest support of their breathing," explained Dr. Finkowski-Rivera. "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."

Last year The Woman's Hospital of Texas delivered 318 sets of Twins and 16 sets of Triplets. The Busby family will be busy with six girls!

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