Ariz. Sextuplets Breathing on Their Own

(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Catherine J. Jun) :: Doctors shows Jenny Masche one of her sextuplets, baby E, born Monday, June 11, 2007, in Phoenix, Ariz. Hospital officials say Masche, 32, gave birth by Caesarean section at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in central Phoenix to three boys and three girls. The babies were born prematurely after 30 weeks and four days, and all but one weighed less than three pounds.

Updated: 6/12/2007


Sextuplets born in what their father called a surreal moment were breathing on their own Tuesday after five were removed from ventilators.

New dad Bryan Masche, 29, said he and his wife, Jenny, 32, had tears of joy as their three girls and three boys were delivered by Caesarean section.

''It was unbelievable,'' Masche said on NBC's ''Today'' show. ''The team was just incredible. Everyone moved like a symphony, an orchestra. Really amazing. I almost felt like I was outside of my own body — looking in on the entire thing. It was amazing.''

The sextuplets were almost 10 weeks premature and weighed between 2 pounds, 1 ounce and 3 pounds. The couple, who used artificial insemination, had the first successful sextuplet delivery in Arizona.

Five of the babies were immediately placed on ventilators to help them breathe for their first day. The doctors ''have assured me that all the babies are doing really well,'' Masche said.

''They've also had their first meal and had to have their first diapers changed already,'' he said.

The babies will be named Bailey Elizabeth, Savannah Jane, Molli Grace, Cole Robert, Blake Nickolas and Grant Williams, but Masche and his wife, Jenny, had yet to decide who gets which.

The Masche sextuplets were one of two sets of sextuplets born in different states less than a day apart, a rare occurrence but one that fertility experts say could become increasingly common as more couples seek artificial methods of conceiving babies.

Brianna Morrison, 24, who used fertility drugs, gave birth just before midnight Sunday in Minneapolis, about 10 hours before the Masche babies were born.

''It is something that we're going to be dealing with more and more,'' unless doctors learn how to reduce the risk of women having four or more babies, said Dr. F. Sessions Cole, a pediatrics professor at Washington University in St. Louis.


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