HOUSTON, TEXAS — Those who have delivered one baby knows that it can be tough, so can you imagine how it would be to give birth to six babies at once?
Well, a Nigerian mother doesn’t have to imagine as it became her reality on March 15, joining over four billion women who have successfully given birth to sextuplets.
Between 4:50 and 4:59 a.m., Chiaka Thelma gave birth to four boys and two girls at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas in less than 10 minutes, and it went seemingly well, according to Fox News.
In a released statement made by the hospital, the children weighed between one pound, 12 ounces and two pounds, 14 ounces, which is said to be lighter than the average newborn baby.
The average weight for a newborn is five to eight pounds, the Healthline reports.
Low birth weight may send people into a panic mode, but according to Cleveland Clinic, it is quite common for a woman pregnant with multiple babies.
A Rare Case
However, it is rare for a woman to successfully give birth to sextuplets.
According to a study by Raising Multiples, it is suggested that “the odds of giving birth to sextuplets is 1 in 4.7 billion, and one or fewer sets of sextuplets are born each year in the U.S.”
Delivering More Babies
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas was proud to announce the arrival of Thelma’s sextuplets as they are known for delivering more babies than any other hospitals in the state.
Dr. Ziad Haidar, Dr. Sharmeel Khaira, and Dr. Israel Simchowitz were a part of the hospital’s delivery team that day.
In a Twitter post, the hospital said: “Did you know that the odds of having #sextuplets are estimated at one in 4.7 billion? We were honored to welcome Thelma Chiaka’s four sons and two daughters early this morning!”
The mother and her sextuplets are now receiving treatment in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Thelma named her daughters Zina and Zuriel, but there is no word on what she named her boys.
There is no information available on when Thelma will be able to go home.