In February, New York-Presbyterian delivered its first set of quintuplets since 1992. Now after many weeks in intensive care, little ones Thiago, Sebastian, Mathias, Sophia and Montserrat get to spend Mother’s Day at home with mom and dad.
“Words will never be enough to show the level of gratitude we feel,” parents Christopher and Arlette Rivera said in a statement.
Delivering quintuplets is no joke. There were only 50 such births in the US in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest figures. The babies generally come early and have difficult births.
Arlette had to have a cesarean section at 30 weeks. The premature babies — three boys and two girls, born Feb. 26, and weighing in at 2 to 3 pounds each — had to immediately go into intensive care. There, they could lie in their individual beds and be closely monitored, to ensure healthy weight gain.
Mom Arlette finally got to meet the babies two days later. She visited each baby’s bed, one at a time, saying “hola,” to each one. She then held each tiny premie against her chest for snuggling and skin-to-skin contact. It was an emotional moment, with mom and dad smiling and crying with relief.
“There wasn’t a dry eye,” said Chia-Ling Nhan-Chang, maternal-fetal medicine expert at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and the family’s OB-GYN.
After five weeks, the babies were finally healthy and independent enough to go home. Now, the Riveras say all five kiddos are thriving — with mom and dad adjusting to life as a family of seven.
Christopher credits the hospital for making the process so smooth.
“We will never forget everything they did for us,” he said.