Latino Quintuplets Born Healthy in Utah

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Guillermina Garcia must be one proud mami. The 34-year-old Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets this past weekend, Fox News Latino reports.

It was a great team effort to welcome the three girls and two boys into the world; Garcia received an additional hand from eight doctors, one anesthesiologist and dozens of nurses. Born by cesarean section, each baby weighed between 2 and 3 pounds each and are expected to stay at the University of Utah hospital (located in Salt Lake City) for another six weeks.

At an afternoon news conference this past Tuesday, the babies’ father Fernando Garcia said it’s incredible that he and his wife now have five new children.

“We feel like we're dreaming,” he said in Spanish.

Originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, the couple used fertility drugs, which increases the odds of a woman having multiple births. Guess the drugs worked!

The new mother, who already has a 1-year-old girl named Julietta, has been in the hospital on bed rest since early April. She carried the babies until 31 ½ weeks, which is about seven weeks shorter than most single-birth pregnancies, but three weeks longer than most quintuplet mothers. According to Dr. Elizabeth O'Brien, who works in the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit, that extra bit of time spent in the womb helped the newborn babies’ lungs to develop more than other quintuplets.

“They are all doing remarkably well," she said about the babies, who were named Esmeralda, Fatima, Marissa, Fernando and Jordan. Doctors say the babies will grow up to be completely healthy.

Guillermina shrugged her shoulders when asked about how she will tend to all five babies.

“I don't know,” she said.

With a smile, her husband said they will find a way.

“We're through the hardest part,” he said.

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