By Mark Duell
These pictures show the incredible moments as Heather Carroll is delivered of sextuplets over a three-minute period, just in time to give her husband Mitchell his best Father’s Day.
Mrs Carroll, 30, of Dallas County, Texas, had spent weeks in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, waiting for the birth, which took place by Caesarean section on Saturday morning between 8:05am and 8:08am.
More than 50 medical professionals at Brookwood Medical Center helped in the delivery of the five girls and one boy, who were described as healthy and ranging in weight from 1lbs 10oz to 2lbs 5oz.
Amazing: Heather Carroll, 30, of Dallas County, Texas, had spent weeks in a hospital in Alabama waiting for the birth, which happened by Caesarean section just in time to give husband Mitchell his best Father's Day
Mr Carroll wears six ID bracelets to allow him to visit his newborns and told The Birmingham News he was ‘on top of the world’. ‘Everything this morning was perfect,’ he said.
Dr Bill McKenzie said in a hospital statement. 'Heather and Mitchell Carroll were committed to this journey, their family and community were supportive, and God was faithful.
‘I am so proud of this mother’s toughness and appreciative for the excellent preparation and care she received at Brookwood Medical Center.’
The Carroll household more than doubled in size with the births of the six babies, as the couple now have nine children.
Hospital staff were so prepared for the birth that they had performed six formal run throughs and each baby had its own care team for the delivery, reported The Birmingham News.
Big team: More than 50 medical professionals at Brookwood Medical Center helped in the delivery of the five girls and one boy, who were described as healthy and ranging in weight from 1lbs 10oz to 2lbs 5oz
Mrs Carroll was around 28 weeks pregnant when the babies were delivered. They were labelled with the letters ‘a’ to ‘f’.
A hospital neonatologist said: 'They all came out crying and breathing by themselves, although they did require help in the delivery room and are on ventilators at the moment.'
A spokesman sai 'This is a historic day for Brookwood Medical Center. Our labour and delivery and neonatal intensive care unit teams are seasoned providers of high risk pregnancy and neonatal care.
‘While multiple births are a common occurrence in our facility, this delivery required a high level of preparation and orchestration. We were well prepared - and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.’
Mrs Carroll is the second woman in the U.S. to give birth to sextuplets this month. Stacey Carey gave birth to six children in Abington, Pennsylvania, around two weeks ago.