Proud parents, Heather Langley, 39, and her partner, Priscilla. Rodriguez, 35, both from Texas, US, welcomed their five daughters – Hadley, Reagan, Zariah, Zylah and Jocelyn in August last year following an emergency C-section when Heather was 28 weeks pregnant.
The birth of Hadley, Reagan, Zariah, Zylah and Jocelyn was so rare that they are just the second set of recorded all girl quintuplets in the US.
The couple, who have been together for nine years, already had a daughter together, Sawyer, three. They decided they wanted to try for one more baby, however, ended up with five more.
Heather added: “Initially doctors only saw four gestational sacs, but then they found the fifth one. I immediately felt scared when we found out there was going to be five because I feared my pregnancy would be worrying and complicated.
Heather recalled: “We used the IUI method again, the same Fertility treatment we used to have for Sawyer, although we weren’t able to use the same sperm donor as it wasn’t available. After that I found out I’m having quintuplets. Out of our five babies, we were really hoping we were going to get a couple of boys, but that wasn’t to be.
At around 19 weeks we had a scan to find out the gender of the babies. The midwife just kept saying ‘another girl. I could not believe we were going to have five more girls. I just kept thinking, ‘wow that is a lot of girls, what are we going to do with them all?’ We would have six in total. And then when we found out that they were going to be the second-ever set of all-girl quintuplets in the US, we felt so blessed with how rare and extraordinary they were.”
At 28 weeks, Heather was given some medication that would help mature the babies’ brains because the doctors knew that they would be early. However, the medication sent Heather into early labor.
After two days of trying to prevent the premature birth, Heather continued to dilate and underwent an emergency C-section where all five babies were delivered in the space of three minutes.
The mother-of-six said: “Their due date was 2 November, but as they were so early they had to spend the first three months of their lives in the hospital. The first one came home on Halloween, and the last came home on 2 December. It has been crazy, hectic and tiring, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our eldest daughter has been nothing but amazing with her sisters, she even calls them her babies. It is so cute.
Everyone in our home town knows them, they love how rare and special they are. We also love seeing people’s reactions when we tell them about our quintuplets, and people come up to us in public because they are so amazed. I am loving being a mother of six, it is amazing. I am always surrounded by my girls and there is nothing better than that”. She said
The couple already has a daughter Sawyer, three, who Heather said has been amazing with her sisters, even calling them her babies.