Quintuplets born in Texas to 1st grade teacher could have been 6

March 25, 2014 4:08:40 AM PDT
A northeast Texas woman has given birth to quintuplets at a Dallas hospital.

A statement from Baylor University Medical Center on Thursday says Michelle Seals of Maud, Texas, delivered four girls and one boy Tuesday afternoon at the hospital.

Seals and her husband, Steven Seals, have named the girls Mia, Tessa, Gracie and Rayleigh. The boy is named Brant.

According to the hospital statement, Mia weighed 2 pounds 10 ounces, Tessa 2 pounds 14 ounces, Gracie 2 pounds 7 ounces, Rayleigh 2 pounds 8 ounces and Brant 3 pounds 6 ounces. The statement said "they are all healthy and doing well." They're being monitored in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

The Sealses also have a 2-year-old son.

Maud is 150 miles northeast of Dallas near Texarkana.

"I'm doing good. I feel good," Michelle Seals said beaming.

"I'm happy we got as far as we did. That's really a milestone," Steve Seals said.

The couple allowed cameras to document the births. One by one, the four girls and a boy, born at 29 weeks, were brought into the receiving room.

"They're so precious, they're tiny. I just love it. I thought I'd be scared because of all the machines and tubes, but I just love it. I can't wait to get my hands on them," Michelle said.

"I stayed and watched every minute of it, and it was truly, truly amazing," Steve Seals said.

Michelle Seals says she took medication to help with her pregnancy, which gave her a 10-percent chance of having twins.

"We went from two to four then to six, but one didn't make it, so we went down to five. We were shocked. I don't even know if there are words to express how we felt," she said.

The first grade teacher says they have a lot to learn, but know family and friends will help.

"I think we'll be fine. It'll be crazy, but we'll see how it goes," she said.

Doctors say they'll keep the babies in the hospital for about seven or eight weeks before sending them home.

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