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Family of newborn sextuplets opens up about delivery process

This was the first group of sextuplets ever delivered at Huntsville Hospital and they were the first in the state of Alabama since 2011.

Posted: Dec. 14, 2017 5:59 PM
Updated: Dec. 14, 2017 7:58 PM

The Waldrop family is elated all their babies are healthy, but they told WAAY 31 that they were shocked and worried when they first found out they would be having sextuplets. 

"Probably toughest day of our lives when we found that out," said Eric Waldrop.

What is typically a day of joy turned into a day of worry when their doctors told the couple about all the possible complications, such as overly premature birth and high blood pressure, that could happen from a pregnancy this size.

The family told WAAY 31 through a lot of prayers and help from the community they were able to push through and deliver six babies after 30 weeks.

"When I was able to wake up and see what had happened it was amazing seeing our little miracles up in the NICU every day," said Courtney Waldrop.

Babies Blu, Layke, and Tag are the boys.

Rawlings, Rayne, and Rivers are the girls.

"When I'm deciding on baby names I just want it to be something unique and different and something I've not heard," said Courtney Waldrop.

There was an entire team of 40 doctors and nurses assigned to this delivery.

Doctors on the team told WAAY 31 that the c-section took a grand total of 4 minutes.

Six people on the team were given the important job of handling the newborns right after birth.

"As each catcher received their baby they took them to their designated bed and thats where we had more team members there to help stabilize the babies to make sure they were doing well," said Neonatalologist Dr. Lee D. Morris.

One of Courtney's many Doctors said not every mother can do what Courtney did for so long.

"I think it takes a special person to have the will and the stamina to carry 6," said Dr. Antonio Gonzalez-Ruiz.

As for the future of the sextuplets, "we'll be years before we know actually outcomes and see how they are, but at this point we're not worried. These babies should do very well. Their growth and development should be as normal as it can be," said Dr. Morris.

The reality of having sextuplets, added to their three boys, still hasnt fully hit the family yet.

"When they grow and we're actually responsible for feeding them and changing them and still taking care of our other three and trying to work and make money to raise them that's when its going to get real," said Eric Woldrop.

Doctors estimate it will be about 6 weeks before the newborn sextuplets are allowed to go home.

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