- Stephanie Freels was ready to be a new mother with two babies until she was almost seven weeks pregnant
- She discovered she would not give birth to twins but to five lovely bundles of joy to launch her motherhood journey
- The mum successfully gave birth to the cute quintuplets at St Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona
A woman and her supportive husband have embarked on their parenting journey with a lovely surprise.
Stephanie and her lover, Graham Freels, became first-time parents to five adorable bundles of joy.
Checking heartbeats at St Joseph's Hospital
The beautiful couple admitted they did not expect to welcome quintuplets as they thought they would have twins.
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"Never thought it was going to be quintuplets. That never even crossed our minds. We did an ultrasound, saw five sacks and two heartbeats and then the week after, we saw five heartbeats. So we found out...when I was like six, almost seven weeks pregnant," Stephanie stated, as recorded by Inside Edition.
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Giving birth in Phoenix, Arizona
The new mum successfully gave birth to Adelyn, Eliana, Linnea, Fisher and Harper at St Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.
The mother of five delivered her newborns in an hour and a half after carrying them for 27 weeks.
Stephanie shared that she did not know she was in labour and that her situation was urgent.
"I didn't think I was in labour. We went in because I was so uncomfortable because of so much weight from the babies. And when she told us we would have the babies tonight, it was shocking," she added.
Baby discharged after 76 days
Since the newborns were born a little early, they spent close to 11 weeks at the hospital as they progressively matured.
According to Andrea Hassler, senior director for Women and Newborn Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital, the last baby was discharged after 76 days in the NICU, joining the siblings.
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In a related story, Legit.ng reported that a Nigerian woman who lives in the UK gave birth to triplets.
The woman, who is 54, said it was her first time giving birth.
She initially did six IVFs in the UK, but they all failed. The 7th one she did in Nigeria was successful.