A Texas woman gave birth to six babies at a hospital in Houston on Monday morning, the hospital and the parents announced on Tuesday. The sextuplets are in a stable condition, although the couple previously reported health concerns.
Lauren Perkins gave birth to three boys and three girls at 10:26 a.m. local time on Monday at the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. "All babies are currently in the Texas Children's Pavilion neonatal intensive care unit," the hospital said in a statement. "Both mom and babies are stable."
The six babies weighed only between 1lb 10oz (0.73 kilograms) and (1.33 kilograms) when they were born on Monday morning after 30 weeks and 1 day gestation. "The sextuplets were conceived using intra-uterine insemination with ovulatory stimulating drugs," the hospital said.
On their website last week, Dave Perkins wrote Lauren had been hospitalized immediately after an appointment. "My blood pressure is all over the place and I'm being super monitored for everything," Lauren wrote later on Friday. "Got to meet with a neonatologist and everyone's getting ready for the big day. Baby C and D are having trouble, but especially Baby C. She's not showing growth and limited movement, breathing, and brain activity."
Last month, Lauren wrote they had agreed to name their babies Allison Kate, Leah Michelle, Caroline Grace, Andrew Noah, Benjamin Luke, and Levi Thomas. Texas Children's Hospital said the family plans to hold a press conference and release photos of the babies once they had time to recover.
Sextuplets, meaning six babies, are extremely rare and babies often die shortly after birth. The last known example happened in May 2010 in England when 31-year-old Vicky Lamb gave birth to four girls and two boys at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. One of the boys died days later.
But the most extreme example of multiple births are nonuplets, two sets of nine babies who were born in Australia in 1971 and in Malaysia in 1999. None of the 18 babies survived.