Oh, babies! Quintuplets born at U-M hospital

Sep 6, 2013

Credit University of Michigan

Things got very busy in the delivery room at Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital at the University of Michigan this week.

Quintuplets were born to Jessica and Robert Hicks of Fenton Thursday.

Mom, the three boys and two girls are all doing well.

Credit University of Michigan

So is Dr. Cosmas Vandeven, who led the team of 54 people in the delivery room.

Vandeven says the babies were carried to almost 33 weeks -- that's about six weeks longer than average for quintuplets.

"Besides that they are a little early, they are appropriately grown for their gestational age, and that's why they look like perfectly fine babies, because they really are," says Vandeven.

He says the babies all weigh between 3 lbs., 7 ounces and 4 lbs. 6 ounces and are all breathing on their own.

Vandeven says the operating table was modified to safely support the mother's abdomen.

"If it's too tilted, it could cut off the blood supply and harm the babies," Vandeven explains.

The doctor says this was his first delivery of quintuplets. He says the credit for the successful pregnancy goes to Jessica Hicks.

"I think it once again proved how awesome women are when they carry children, and this was the final touch. I have so much respect for this mom, I cannot say it enough times."

The parents used a fertility treatment to help them conceive. They also have a three-and-a-half-year-old son.