Quintuplets’ birth a 1st at Michigan hospital

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan hospital system has seen lots of births — but never five at one time to the same parents.

On Thursday, Jessica Hicks gave birth to three boys and two girls at C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s hospitals in Ann Arbor.

The quintuplets were doing well Friday in Mott’s newborn intensive care unit, despite being born about eight weeks early.

“We were looking to try for one more child and God blessed us with five more instead,” said Hicks, 28, who took fertility treatments. “There is always a chance of multiples when you get fertility treatments, but we thought twins, maybe triplets.”

Before getting referred to the University of Michigan, Jessica and her husband, Robert Hicks, were told she was carrying quadruplets.

The quintuplets came in between 3 pounds, 7 ounces, and 4 pounds, 6 ounces. The Fenton-area couple already have a 3-year-old son, Colton.

“We have one of the leading high-risk pregnancy programs, so multiples aren’t uncommon,” said Dr. Cosmas Vandeven, Hicks’ obstetrician. “But handling five at once does take an additional level of planning. From the moment we started working with Jessica, we started to put into motion an all-bases-covered plan to ensure we were prepared for every contingency for her and her family.”

The team on the births included pediatricians, neonatologists, obstetricians and nurses.

“We know how to take care of these babies. But the question was how do we take what we do and multiply it by five?” said Lisa O’Leary, clinical nursing supervisor in Mott’s newborn intensive care unit.

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