Early in their first pregnancy, Guillermina and her husband Fernando learned they were having five babies at once. This is pretty remarkable, especially when less than 10 sets of quintuplets are born every year in the United States.
The thing that makes this story even more remarkable is the level of grace and calmness displayed by the parents, which even stunned the doctors. Every additional baby a pregnant mother carries increases the chances of complications, such as gestational diabetes, placental abruption, and even death.
But Guillermina’s doctor, Dr. Tracy Manuck, called the new mother extraordinary. Despite suffering from high blood pressure and sever pre-eclampsia, not once did Guillermina complain. She developed blue and purple bruising on her baby bump due to carrying so many babies. Doctors were also impressed with Fernando, who gave his wife unwavering support throughout the entire pregnancy.
At 32 years old, Guillermina carried the quintuplets for 31 1/2 weeks. That’s seven weeks shorter than most single-birth pregnancies and three weeks longer than most quintuplet pregnancies. Because the quints spent extra time in the womb, their lungs were able to develop more than most others.
Over Memorial Day weekend in 2013, Guillermina went into labor at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. Though they’d never seen a case of quints before, a dedicated team of eight doctors, one anesthesiologist, and dozens of nurses worked around the clock to make sure the mom and all five of the babies survived.
Three girls and two boys – Esmeralda, Fatima, Marissa, Fernando, and Jordan – were delivered without any problems.
Watch the video below to see the amazing moment all five babies are delivered.