Mom Who Delivered Sextuplets Gives Hope to Couples Trying to Conceive

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baby feetMove over, Kate Gosselin -- because there's a new mom of sextuplets in town (or at least in the United States!). A 28-year-old woman named Lauren Perkins just gave birth to three baby boys and three baby girls on Monday at a hospital in Houston, Texas. All six babies were born via C-section in a matter of four minutes. Talk about a quick arrival! While the babies did manage to stay in utero for a little over 30 weeks, they are currently being monitored in the intensive care unit.

Lauren and her husband are relying on their faith to keep their babies safe during this critical time, which makes total sense, because that's what kept them strong during their struggles with infertility as well. It took them 18 months of undergoing treatments to get pregnant with their little miracles, and despite their challenges, they never gave up on the idea of being parents.

After reading some of their entries on their personal blog, The Perkins Pack, I was struck by how this couple persevered to have a child. They tried to conceive the old fashioned way for an entire year and a half before finally deciding to resort to fertility treatments. At that point, they opted for ovulation induction with intrauterine insemination, which required Lauren to have two weeks of shots followed by "a couple turkey bastings," as her husband jokingly put it.

There was only a 25 percent chance of the procedure working at all, so imagine their shock when they found out two weeks later that the treatment had been a success -- but they were expecting six babies all at once! (OMG. I would've fainted for sure.)

With their particular fertility treatment, there was only a 1 percent chance of conceiving sextuplets, which only makes their pregnancy and birth story an even bigger inspiration to other couples who are having difficulty conceiving. Imagine if they had thrown in the towel and not opted to give getting pregnant one more try? I'm sure the thought has crossed their minds more than once -- especially now that they have six little miracles to remind them every single day. Their journey just goes to show where love, dedication, hope, and faith can lead you if you hang in there and never give up.

Did you have a tough time getting pregnant? Did you use any fertility treatments? 

 

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infertility, twins & multiples, trying to conceive

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nonmember avatar Amber

I think this boom of multiples is insane, not to mention unhealthy and risky for both mother and babies. And octomom's situation these days does not make me think better of it.

As someone who had zero issues getting pregnant maybe I'm insensitive. I just think there must be other options when you want a child and infertility options should be more controlled.

nonmember avatar Em

Higher order multiples are nothing to aspire to and are considered a failure in the eyes of any good RE. The goal of any assisted cycle is ONE healthy baby. It's cases like this that become highly sensationalized and give reproductive technology a bad reputation.

nonmember avatar terry77

It took us almost two yrs to get pregnant. I went to my dr to get checked but everything looked fine. We were referred to a urologist to get my husband's sperm count checked. He said there was a really low count and that they were also slow swimmers so the probability of us having kids the old fashioned way was likely none, without further intervention. Paid $300 for that. We are pregnant with our fifth child now. I would like a refund!! Lol

Chalon King

So is her doctor going to have his license taken away...like octomom's? Just sayin. I am really surprised she was not "forced" to selectivly abort...like they wanted octomom to. And I understand and would have them all myself. Can you imagine having to decide what baby to kill?

Jessica Mainville

As a women with infertility issues myself, i am so happy for this couple! :) When you do these treatments (trust me I have been through the wringer with many) you just never know how many you may end up with. The 1% chance of having sextuplets is like winning the lottery, who would have thunk they would have conceived that many babies. Good for them that the didn't decide to need to abort any because of health issues. I say as long as the babies are loved and well taken care of, who has the right to judge them. And to compair them to otomom is rediculious!! Congrats to the happy new parents I wish you all the best :)

JoAnna L Hipkins

Some of the comments above are retarded.... They didn't purposely plan for 2 or more children they simply was trying for ONE! I think that if you want to be so mean keep your post to yourself. Abortion, or selection of which child however you want to put it is stupid they knew that they were having 6 They prob wont have Anymore now... not that I know them but come on all they wanted is 1

Selena Clements

In what way does a couple's first attempt at infertility treatments having a result of 6 children sound anything like Octomom? 
1: They're a secure couple. She's single (and will probably stay that way.)
2: They had no previous children and were trying for just one child but were suprised by 6. Octomom had 6 children already from 5 pregnacies, and decided to have her 8 remaining fertilized embryos implanted.

Totally different.
One last difference? They've got class. Octomom doesn't. 

Kelly Whitsell

I do not think the mother is sensationalizing multiples!! In the story it said a 1% chance of this happening!! As a mother that was told I needed a dnc of a child that could possibly kill me I found another doctor she is 2 now!! They can not force you to terminate any or all of the babies she was carrying and I can not blame her!! And to the woman who said "As someone who had zero issues getting pregnant maybe I'm insensitive. I just think there must be other options when you want a child and infertility options should be more controlled." It is insensible and sad that you would think that they should take this form of help away from women because 1 and what 100,000 women have triplets and the odds go up as the number of babies do!! I think they should get a pat on the back for having faith and wish them luck!! As for myself I would have fell over dead if they told me I was having twins I would prove spontaneous explosions were possible if they told me 6 but I am one of the lucky ones that were told I couldn't have any and proved them wrong twice!! Good luck  Perkins pack I think you and your parents are going to need it!!!!!

Selena Clements

Also, selective abortion has the risk of miscarrying all fetuses. 

Pammi86 Pammi86

I have struggled with infertility and by the grace of God we were blessed with my daughter and are ttc baby #2! I do t fault this couple in any way and until you have been there you shouldn't judge! Congrats and many prayers go them!

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