Hoffman Quintuplets 1+5= The 6-Pack

Hoffman Quintuplets 1+5= The 6-Pack
Babies getting big!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

First act of business after the big news!

The situation was amazing and a blessing just extremely unexpected! The fertility doctors kept apologizing to us, said they did not know how this happened, and they urged us to strongly consider selective reduction with this very high-risk pregnancy.  They gave us a referral to a maternal fetal medicine (MFM doctor).  Immediately upon leaving this appointment, we started doing research of doctors (both close and far), contacting other quintuplet and higher order multiple (HOM) parents, and determining if selective reduction was an option for us.  Through research and referrals from the HOM parents we contacted, the name Dr. John Elliott from Phoenix, AZ kept arising.  We immediately contacted him and did a phone consultation with him for almost two hours.  Dr. Elliott did not charge for this consult.  He explained his personal HOM statistics, statistics of quintuplets born at different times, what to expect of a quintuplet pregnancy, life-long disabilities/death that could occur with the quintuplets, and answered many of our questions.  He stated if I would become his patient he would ideally like me in AZ by 18-20 weeks due to the fact my uterus would be the same size as a 40-week pregnant woman with a singleton pregnancy and contractions and other issues normally began at this time.  Hearing the statistics and possible grave outcome during the phone call was extremely scary.  Even though I knew from my medical background these risk, hearing them out loud made me cry from stress and the unknown.  We were still deciding what to do about the pregnancy when we had our referral appointment to the MFM doctor the fertility specialist recommended..

First picture (by flag) is me before I was pregnant, Second picture (maroon shirt) is 9 weeks, and third picture (black and white top) is 13 weeks.

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