Talk about a memorable first Mother's Day! Briana and Jordan Driskell celebrated the holiday together as a family of seven for the first time this year after Briana gave birth to quintuplets.
On May 2, the Versailles, Kentucky, parents welcomed three girls and two boys: Zoey Hart, Dakota Faith, Hollyn Grace, Asher Blaze, and Gavin Lane. Zoey, the smallest, weighed one pound and 13 ounces, while Hollyn, the largest, weighed two pounds and six ounces. Despite her small size, Zoey is the most spirited of the bunch, said Briana. “Zoey has been throwing her hospital hat around,” she told TODAY Parents. “She’s very determined.”
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Doctors place the odds of having quintuplets at one in 50 million, so imagine Briana's surprise at her 8-week ultrasound when she received the news. “I almost passed out,” she said.
In an effort to get pregnant, Briana, 29, underwent a group of fertility treatments, including intrauterine insemination (IUI). Doctors told Briana there was only a four to eight percent chance that she would have multiples after the IUI, but obviously Briana beat the odds.
“I was in such shock, I couldn’t speak,” Briana, said. “I just sat there staring at the screen in disbelief. I couldn’t believe there were five sacs.”
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After being diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a pregnancy complication that causes the mother to vomit excessively and experience sever nausea, we're sure Briana was ready to give birth. A common result of HG's symptoms is that moms become dehydrated and even lose weight.
“I lost 10 pounds and was hospitalized for extreme dehydration,” Briana said. “It was pretty awful.”
To make matters worse, once the HG symptoms subsided, Briana learned her cervix was shortening at only 22 weeks. To avoid preterm labor, Briana immediately went to the hospital and remained on bedrest for the rest of her pregnancy.
Due to preeclampsia concerns, doctors induced labor at 28 weeks, and though they delivered her babies in only four minutes, Briana didn't meet them until the next day because of preeclampsia complications.
“When I finally saw them, I was crying so hard I couldn’t breathe,” she said. “I still can’t believe I am finally a mom. It’s unreal.”
Today, all five babies are growing strong in the NICU. Briana is hopeful that they will be ready to go home soon.
We're so happy to hear that after so many struggles, mom and babies are thriving. Congrats Briana and Jordan on the growing family!