Krakow, Poland – On Monday, a 29-year-old Polish woman gave birth to six children in what is widely believed to be the first case ever of sextuplets being born in Poland.
Polish mother gives birth to sextuplets in Krakow
The mother gave birth to her six babies, four girls and two boys, through cesarean section in Krakow’s University Hospital. Everyone is doing well and all the babies are in good health, according to local reports.
Hospital authorities said that the babies were “born in a condition surprisingly good for sextuplets”, although they require close medical care and are still under observation.
The sextuplets birth came as a surprise for everyone, as doctors and the parents were expecting “only” five babies.
“We had five teams with five incubators ready waiting, and when all were taken another baby, a girl, appeared”, Prof. Ryszard Lauterbach, the head of the Krakow Hospital’s neonatology ward, told local media.
Klaudia Marzec, the 29-year-old mother, also explained that their plans will have to be slightly modified: “We have made some logistical plans at home for five, but now they will need to be changed”.
First ever-case of sextuplets born in Poland
According to international data, roughly one in five billion spontaneous and natural pregnancies leads to the birth of sextuplets. In 2017, for instance, there were only 31 babies born in the United States as part of quintuplets or higher-order multiples births.
According to Prof. Ryszard Lauterbach, this is the first time sextuplets are born in Poland.
The two boys were named Filip and Tymon and the girls Nela, Zosia, Kaja and Malwina. And if you (rightfully) thought that raising six newborn babies may be a handful, wait for it: the six babies already have an older brother, aged 2 and a half years old.
That makes up a whooping total of seven babies for the young, under-30 couple. Needless to say, the news attracted nation-wide attention, with the local football team offering life-long tickets to the children and Poland’s President Andrzej Duda taking to Twitter to congratulate the parents and the doctors involved in the birth.
Some pretty good news in a country struggling to upend a rapidly-declining birth rate. To address the challenge of demographic decline and an ageing population, the Polish government has implemented a wide-ranging family benefits plan to urge Polish women to have more children.
Looks like their call didn’t go unheeded.