Party of five! Mother welcomes miracle quintuplets after tragic miscarriage and two-year fertility struggle

Party of five! Mother welcomes miracle quintuplets after tragic miscarriage and two-year fertility struggle

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20:22 GMT, 18 September 2012

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20:22 GMT, 18 September 2012

After spending two years trying to get pregnant, 28 weeks being pregnant and 21 days on hospital bed rest, all that waiting finally paid off for Sarah Plauche who gave birth to quintuplets last week, becoming a parent with her husband Bruce for the first time.

The couple, both 29, reached out to a fertility specialist last year, and after their first effort ended in a miscarriage, this April they learned Mrs Plauche
was pregnant with four babies – but a
week later, an ultrasound showed a fifth.

Mrs Plauche recalled to the Houston Chronicle: 'The first thought that went through my head was, “Oh my gosh, that's enough for a
reality show. I don't want a
reality show”.

New parents: Sarah Plauche gave birth to quintuplets last week, becoming a parent with her husband Bruce for the first time

New parents: Sarah Plauche gave birth to quintuplets last week, becoming a parent with her husband Bruce for the first time

Like many expectant parents of
high-number births, the couple were advised to undergo 'selective reduction.'

While aborting some fetuses to increase the
likelihood that others will survive, Mrs Plauche said they weren't able to go through with it, as for starters, none of the fetuses seemed less healthy than the others.

Mrs Plauche carried her quintuplets 28 weeks and 1 day before the infants were delivered by Caesarean section at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, with each two and one half pound baby critical but stable.

Bundles of joy: The couple, both 29, reached out to a fertility specialist last year, and after their first effort ended in a miscarriage, they learned Mrs Plauche was pregnant with five babies

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Bundles of joy: The couple, both 29, reached out to a fertility specialist last year, and after their first effort ended in a miscarriage, they learned Mrs Plauche was pregnant with five babies

Premature: Mrs Plauche carried her quintuplets 28 weeks and 1 day before the infants were delivered by Caesarean section at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, with each two pound baby critical but stable

Premature: Mrs Plauche carried her quintuplets 28 weeks and 1 day before the infants were delivered by Caesarean section at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, with each two pound baby critical but stable

Premature: Mrs Plauche carried her quintuplets 28 weeks and 1 day before the infants were delivered by Caesarean section at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, with each two pound baby critical but stable

Premature: Mrs Plauche carried her quintuplets 28 weeks and 1 day before the infants were delivered by Caesarean section at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, with each two pound baby critical but stable

They will be monitored closely to ensure their organs develop properly, and are currently all off of ventilators, instead being supported through continuous positive airway pressure.

The couple are hoping they can take the babies, Owen Parker, Tessa Quinn, Reece William, Miles Shepherd and Corinne Elise, home for Thanksgiving.

Although quintuplets are considered rare, more than 100 sets live in the U.S., including a set born in Dallas last month and a set born at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in 2010.

New family: The couple are hoping they can take the babies, Owen Parker, Tessa Quinn, Reece William, Miles Shepherd and Corinne Elise, home for Thanksgiving

New family: The couple are hoping they can take the babies, Owen Parker, Tessa Quinn, Reece William, Miles Shepherd and Corinne Elise, home for Thanksgiving

Dr. Robert Carpenter, OB/GYN physician at the Pavilion for Women, said their goal was to get Mrs Plauche to at least 28 weeks gestation, 'where the risk of major problems with intracranial hemorrhage, respiratory distress and chronic lung disease, and neonatal infections are substantially decreased,' he said.

'She was able to do that with close monitoring, lots of rest and significant stress reduction.'

According to Dr Carpenter, one of the main issues he sees with multiple births is dilation of the cervix after 25 weeks gestation.

Happy messages: Mrs Plauche wrote on Facebook, 'I'M A MOMMY! Bruce and I welcomed our perfect little quintuplets... We are so thankful to all for the prayers and well wishes'

Happy messages: Mrs Plauche wrote on Facebook, 'I'M A MOMMY! Bruce and I welcomed our perfect little quintuplets… We are so thankful to all for the prayers and well wishes'

Placing a cervical cerclage or stitching the cervix closed to hold the babies in is an important factor in getting the pregnancy so far, he said, something he believes should be mandatory for anyone carrying four babies or more.

While the Plauches know they still have a lot of hard work ahead of them, the couple
said they're just elated because all five babies are doing so well.

Today, Mrs Plauche wrote on her Facebook page: 'I'M A MOMMY! Bruce and I welcomed our perfect little quintuplets… We are so thankful to all for the prayers and well wishes. Babies are doing very well, but we still welcome prayers as they continue to grow in the hospital. God is good!'