Proud Mom, Doctors Discuss Birth Of Sextuplets At Abington Hospital

ABINGTON, Pa. (CBS) — The parents of the region’s newest set of sextuplets addressed the media Monday, along with the doctors and staff of the Montgomery County hospital where the babies were delivered.

“We are the proud parents of the sextuplets that were born here at Abington Memorial hospital,” said Stacey Carey, of Feasterville, adding, “We also have a 16-month-old daughter, so our family of nine is now complete.”

Stacey, her husband, Brendan, and a staff of approximately 60, welcomed Emma, Samantha, Olivia, John, Patrick and Connor, early Wednesday morning. The babies weighed 2 pounds.

Dr. Steven Smith, a perinatologist, and Dr. Gerald Cleary, a neonatologist, both said it was a privilege to participate in Stacey’s care.

Stacey, who underwent fertility treatment, had been hospitalized since 21 weeks. She went into labor late Tuesday at about 11:30 p.m. at 27-and-a-half weeks.

“From start to finish, assembling the delivery room team took less than an hour,” said Dr. Cleary.

The team had prepped and planned for that moment and even held mock-deliveries in advance to make sure the babies got the best care. Their great of planning paid off.

“Everyone in that room did a phenomenal job,” said Dr. Steven Smith, adding, “As I think back, it is one of the highlights of what I’ve done.”

The doctors say a term baby is born at 37 weeks and because the sextuplets were born so premature, they are in the extremely low birth rate category and are in the highest risk group for mortality and complications. They are all on ventilators and being fed through feeding tubes.

“They are in no way out of the woods,” said Dr. Cleary. “They are all responding to therapy and remain in critical condition.”

The doctors and the proud parents recognize there is a lot of hard work ahead for everyone.

“We have a lot of challenges to come, a long road ahead, because we have such a strong support system we know we can handle it,” said Stacey.

  • Danielle

    Congratulations to the family and to AMH – Dr. Cleary is the best! He took good care of our little girl in the NICU. A great guy.

  • ROB

    I agree 100 percent Jean. This should not have been allowed and the parents should pay the whole bill..

  • Jean

    Why did someone who already had a child less than a year old seek and receive fertility treatments? Shouldn’t doctors have more sense?

    • Jaime

      Exactly Jean. Exactly. Now 8 very sick babies need massive amounts of care and we wonder why insurance costs are sky high.

  • Lisa Lamb

    Pathetically irresponsible. Not that I’m a fan of the government, but really, this kind of stupidity should be heavily regulated. You know for a fact that these people aren’t able to handle this on their own so now a whole slew of people will be called on to help care for these kids who shouldn’t have been conceived in this manner. Just more of the “I’m entitled because I exist” mentality!

  • Kate Quinn

    well for one I have people responding to me but what KYW too afraid to post my TRUE to life comment and whomever you are do you see it isn’t a matter of “naturally occurring” reproduction, are you that uneducated??? This is ALL of what my feelings are that should be posted… Sheer stupidity… Absolutely ridiculous – it should not be allowed. People are not dogs or cats, we are not supposed to have “litters” of babies all at one time, otherwise it would occur naturally without the interference of misguided doctors and scientists… Yet again an afront to nature with people monkeying with science in ways that shouldn’t be… AND I also hope they can afford and will be paying all costs associated with their new tribe/litter so that “we the people” don’t wind up footing the cost. I am all for helping those unfortunates with a need for their need but not deliberate attempts with no regard for the outcome or future…

  • kate

    well i congratulate the parents, and thank the medical staff for their care of all of them.
    and can i ask kate quinn WHO is going to stop it? whose permission does someone need to ask to reproduce? certainly not the government
    perhaps God?

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