Women who carry multiple babies during pregnancy can have a much higher risk of complications. Spontaneous quintuplets are rare in the U.S., occurring in approximately 1 out of 57 million pregnancies. Most quintuplets are born less than 27 weeks into a pregnancy, which increases the risk of complications such as underdeveloped lungs or sight and hearing deficiencies. Dr. Elliott's average for quintuplets is just over 33 weeks, 6 weeks more than the national average.
"Dr. Elliott has a unique and effective approach to ensuring women with multiple babies stay pregnant as long as possible before delivering," said Dr. Chavira. "The fact that this woman went almost five weeks past the national average for gestation means her five new children will have a much greater chance of leading healthy lives."
Dr. Chavira delivered the quintuplets at 32 weeks via cesarean section using Dr. Elliott's trusted techniques. The delivery, which occurred Dec. 4, 2016, lasted less than 20 minutes. The five babies ranged from 3 to 4 pounds, which was better than anticipated. Less than a week later, Dr. Elliott oversaw the successful delivery of quadruplets by Dr. Chavira.
"Many patients who call are scared and looking for help," added Dr. Elliott. "Our goal is to provide these mothers with a clear path to success and help them feel more in control and optimistic for a positive and joyous outcome."
About Valley Perinatal Services
Valley Perinatal Services provides individualized care and support for expectant mothers with high-risk health conditions or obstetric complications. Staffed by highly trained perinatologists, VPS addresses the needs of women with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, as well as women with a history of preterm labor, preeclampsia and birth defects. Directed by Dr. John Elliott, one of the world's leading perinatologists specializing in multi-gestational births, the VPS team relies on industry-leading experience and expertise to help evaluate, diagnose, and co-manage virtually any high-risk maternal-fetal situation. For more information, please visit www.valleyperinatal.com or call 480-756-6000 today.
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