A 31-year-old Paraguayan woman has made history in her country after giving birth to five babies in the capital city Asunción, 68 days after being admitted to hospital.
The babies were born prematurely on Sunday, December 6, but are in good health as well as mother Antonia Montenegro, according to the Paraguayan Information Agency (API).
It is the first time that Paraguay has recorded the births of quintuplets.
The doctor said the quintuplets consist of three girls and two boys with weights ranging between 1.2 and 1.4 kilos.
The delivery team was made up of 14 professionals, including obstetricians, neonatologists, specialist paediatricians and an anaesthesiologist.
Head Doctor, Amada Rodríguez, said that it was a great day for all the professionals, because “having the birth of five children at one time, is a challenge for a hospital like ours.”
Two of the babies, the first and the last, had to be intubated but are stable, as well as the other three, the doctor confirmed. She also added that it will take at least 48 hours to see how the babies evolve and to find out how they adapt to their new environment.
The family must stay between six and eight weeks at the medical centre until the babies reach a healthy weight.
The mother came to the hospital two months beforehand with her husband as the health centre offered more security for pregnancies considered as high risk, according to reports.
First world treatment
Dr. Jorge Santos, head of the gynaecology-obstetrics department, stated that the mother has undergone successful delivery thanks to a professional team.
“We have dreamed of this moment to present the good results and celebrate that in Paraguay we too can achieve first world care,” the specialist added.
“Mum is in very good condition with 30 hours post-post-partum; in multiple births chances of complications such as bleeding are very high and thanks to science and technology an almost routine delivery was achieved,” he said.
The parents have asked for any support that fellow Paraguayans or the Government can provide.
Due to the couple’s low income, who already have one seven-year-old girl and now five new babies, they have received several telephone numbers from sponsors wishing to help them.
It is thought that the mother will begin to breastfeed shortly, but will have the support of the Hospital Milk Bank, due to not being able to feed the quintuplets simultaneously.
The father said that although babies were not planned, they are greeted as a blessing. He requested the support of his fellow citizens and the Government as they no longer have enough resources for everything they need.
“They said that on average, each baby will use five or six diapers per day, so we have to have 30 units per day. We’re also going to have to buy several cans of milk powder especially for newborns,” he said.
Doctors also reported that the parents decided to opt for a permanent contraceptive, which was performed in the mother’s fallopian tube.
While in some countries of the world such as Asia, regulate the number of children per family, South American nations have recorded multiple births in recent years.
The birth rate in Paraguay until 2014 was 23.92 percent, equivalent to two children per family on average.