One Up This: Missionary Mommy Births 5 Babies In Less Than 5 Minutes
For every woman who walks in and out of the maternity ward in a mere four hours, there are of course those who are there for four days. Ladies with 52-hour labor, a show of hands please. Even between siblings, the vast inconsistency with labor duration can leave even an experienced mommy watching the clock. Well, your friend who brags about being the last mommy in and the first mommy out with her bundle has some new competition, as Carrie Jones of Texas not only successfully birthed her quintuplets — she did it in less than the amount of time it takes to make a cup of coffee.
Missionaries Carrie and Gavin Jones welcomed three boys and two girls last week at the Dallasâ€™ UT Southwestern Medical Center. The couple already has an 8-year-old son named Isaac Jones and used fertility treatments to expand their family. The nation’s reportedly first set of quintuplets for 2012, Will Edward, David Stephen, Marcie Jane, Seth Jared and Grace Elise, are all in stable condition at St. Paulâ€™s University Hospital. Born at 27 weeks, the little one to two pounders are expected to remain in the neonatal unit for several months until they hit certain “health markers.”
This birth admittedly “takes a village,” according to Dr. Patricia Santiago-Munoz, who assisted Carrie in knocking out those quintuplets in four minutes. More than 50 specialists, nurses, therapists and technicians reportedly helped Dr. Santiago-Munoz bring the preemies into the world. And talk about luxury mommy accommodations in the hospital. The little babies each got their own medical team (neonatologist, neonatal nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and radiology technicians) which had weekly hospital drills to adequately prepare for the births. The space where Carrie gave birth was known as “Code 5,” as staff held special pagers and created a unique color-coded hospital system to match each little baby and his or her supplies.
Little Seth has apparently been having some trouble with his lungs, but other than that, the family is doing well. And has a successful brag-worthy birth story to boot.