SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah woman gave birth to a healthy set of quintuplets over the weekend.
Guillermina and Fernando Garcia’s five babies – three girls and two boys – weigh between 2 and 3 pounds each and are expected to stay at the University of Utah hospital in Salt Lake City for another six weeks. Doctors predict they will grow up completely healthy.
Guillermina Garcia, 34, carried the babies until 31 1/2 weeks – seven weeks shorter than most single-birth pregnancies but about three weeks longer than most quintuplet mothers. The extra time in the womb helped the babies’ lungs develop more than other quintuplets, said Dr. Elizabeth O’Brien of the newborn intensive care unit.
Fewer than 10 quintuplet sets are born each year in the United States.