I just updated this story on Sunday with optimism that Brianna Morrison was going to be able to hold on to at least her 26th week to deliver her sextuplets.
Unfortunately, they were delivered yesterday, the same day that Jenny Masche delivered her 6 babies at 30 weeks gestation.
Brianna’s babies arrived at just 22 weeks weighing between 11 ounces and 1 pound, 3 ounces, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
“The babies arrived sooner than we’d hoped for, but we are optimistic,” father Ryan Morrison said in a statement. “Brianna is doing well. Thanks to all who are praying for our family. We are very happy to be parents.”
The girls are named Lucia Rae and Cadence Alana. The boys are named Bennet Ryan, Tryg Benton, Lincoln Sean and Sylas Christopher.
Children’s Hospital said the couple planned no further public statements for the time being.
The Morrisons, both 24, spent more than a year trying to conceive before Brianna Morrison started taking fertility drugs, according to the couple’s personal Web site.
Upon learning Brianna Morrison was carrying sextuplets, doctors advised the couple to opt for selective reduction, in which women carrying multiple fetuses reduce the number of viable fetuses to two.
“However, we knew right away that this is not an option for us,” the couple wrote. “We understand that the risk is high, but we also understand that these little ones are much more than six fetuses. Each one of them is a miracle given to us by God.”
I don’t feel good about the weight and gestation of these babies. 22 weeks gestation is not long enough in the womb, I should know…My son was born at 24 weeks and that was definitely NOT long enough.
My prayers are with Brianna and Ryan. Many miracles are performed in the NICU everyday, let’s hope the babies are strong enough to make it through the next few weeks.
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