In the Waldrop family, they raise nine children, even though the mother only gave birth three times. Lemurov.net tells the incredible story of Eric and Courtney, who became parents to six babies at the same time!
Now, their youngest, the girls Rivers, Rain, and Rowling, as well as the boys Lake, Blue, and Tag, are almost four years old. Their parents met in high school, and after getting married, they both decided they wanted a large and close-knit family with little ones who would fill the house with the joy and laughter of children.
But after the birth of their first child, Sailor, Courtney struggled to carry a second child. Unfortunately, several pregnancies resulted in miscarriages. However, the Waldrops did not give up hope of becoming parents again.
A few years later, they decided to seek medical assistance and underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF). The result: two more sons were born, Wells and Bridge. But to be completely happy, they still lacked a daughter.
When the younger boys turned five, the couple decided to try once again for a daughter, but once again Courtney was unable to carry the child to term. The 35-year-old parents consulted a reproductive center again.
To increase their chances of a successful pregnancy, the expectant mother was implanted with six fertilized eggs. Doctors were surprised when all of them survived and developed normally. Although Eric and Courtney were somewhat anxious, they were thrilled to learn they could become parents to multiple babies.
It’s worth noting that the doctors immediately warned the couple that carrying so many embryos was too taxing for the expectant mother.
Among the possible risks, doctors mentioned anemia, a heavy burden on the heart, and even a stroke, in addition to increased risks of complications for the babies.
Despite their concerns, the expectant parents declined selective reduction – a method of artificially reducing the number of fetuses to increase the survival chances of those that remain.
Courtney was very worried about the health of her future children and her own, as she already had three boys aged eight and five.
Nevertheless, the expectant parents chose not to end the lives of some of their babies. To reduce risks, the woman was put on maternity leave from the sixth month of pregnancy.
She was advised to spend most of her time lying down to avoid triggering premature births.