A 28 year-old woman from central Trinidad gave birth to six children today at the Mt Hope Women’s Hospital, in the first known case of sextuplets being born in the Caribbean.
Chairperson of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) Dr Shehenaz Mohammed confirmed that the babies were delivered. But she was unable to release details without permission from the children’s mother.
“I can just confirm that the babies were delivered. They are fine for now. But I cannot say anything more until I speak with the mother and get permission,” she said.
The Express was told that the babies were delivered by Caesarian section. The 28-year-old woman was the first person in Trinidad and Tobago to deliver sextuplets.
The babies would be monitored at the hospital’s ICU for the next 48 hours.
The mother attended a media briefing involving doctors at the Mt Hope Hospital last month.
She said then “I’m feeling very well considering the amount (of babies)”.
She said she did not expect to be having six babies, but she and her family have already started looking at possible baby names.
Her husband, she said, was also very excited and her family were praying to ensure that there is smooth delivery.
It was said then that the babies would be delivered via Caesarean section on March 14.
Professor Bharath Bassaw, consultant, said then that the woman was being constantly monitored as there were risks associated with such pregnancies.
“It is the first case of sextuplets of a higher order pregnancy in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean…this is an uncommon condition, when this happens most of these pregnancies would end long before due to miscarriages” said Bassaw.