The newborn becomes the center of the world, a source of pure joy, innocence, love and warmth. Birth is a miracle, and each story is unique, important and beautiful in its own way. In 2013, a 23-year-old woman gave birth to quintuplets in the Czech Republic after.
In 2013 Alexandra Kinova became the first woman in the history of the Czech Republic to give birth to quintuplets. Alexandra and her husband Antonin were expecting their second child, their son, and looking forward to meeting the new family member. But they were surprised when the baby had a second ultrasound and they learned they were expecting twins. The couple started making plans for their family, but they had no idea their lives would change forever.
After several tests and consultations, the doctor told Alexandra that she was expecting four babies. After months of shock, doctors were told they had noticed a fifth baby was hiding behind the other four. This was because Alexandra’s stomach was growing too fast for doctors to perform a few ultrasound scans. The quintuplets were delivered by caesarean section as this is the safest way to avoid complications in more than one baby.
According to doctors at the Prague Institute of Maternal and Child Care, the whole process went smoothly. After the birth, both the mother and the babies were taken to intensive care for monitoring. The number of staff involved in the delivery process has increased, with forty people present during the procedure. This included two midwives per baby.
All in all, they seemed to be in excellent condition. Alexandra gave birth to four boys named Deniel, Michael, Alex and Martin and a girl named Terezka. But one thing didn’t go to plan: Antonin was absent from the delivery.
While Alexandra was at labor, Antoin was on the train back home and couldn’t make it.
“I was crying all the way since I feared I would not manage it.”
The chance of spontaneous conception of a quintuplet is one in 60 million. In most cases, there are several results of assisted reproductive techniques.
They can be male or female, or in most cases a mixture of both. They can be fraternal or polyzygotic which means that five unique egg-sperm combinations are identical or monozygotic, whereby a fertilized egg is split into two or more embryos or combination of both.
What makes Alexandra Kinova’s story extraordinary is that she has not undergone fertility treatment. Their child is believed to be the first case of a quintuplet in the Czech Republic’s history. We have had birth statistics in the country since 1949, but at that time there was never any mention of fivefold. In fact, there have been no quintuplets in the country for an average of 480 years. Since identical quintuplets are so rarely born, it is difficult to estimate the probability.
The grandmother moved with the family to support them and received an incredible amount of support from the community. As their story spread, people from all over the world offered them help. The government even decided to send them a nanny to help them. The family have been enjoying quality time together. The five are healthy, content and happy.