40 Doctors And Nurses Rehearse ‘Rainbow’ Sextuplet Delivery 12 Times Using IV Bags As Babies

by Lindsey Smith
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Delivering a baby is a lot of work, but delivering six babies at one time takes some practice — literally!

Courtney Waldrop and her husband, Eric, were expecting sextuplets, which would be the first sextuplet delivery at her local hospital.

Forty doctors and nurses at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama prepared for the arrival of the sextuplets by doing drills using IV bags as babies.

“A lot of people don’t realize what it takes to prepare for an event like this,” Dr. Antonio Gonzalez-Ruiz, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, told Fox 13 Salt Lake City. “It was a phenomenal undertaking, and it paid off.”

According to Fox 13, each baby was assigned a color of the rainbow and had his or her own team of staff. The drills were run through 12 times before everyone was comfortable and knew exactly what had to be done.

“Each time we would run through the drill, a nurse would be handed the baby. Then, we would grab the baby, catch it, deliver it, and then determine if we needed to resuscitate,” said Cheryl Case, a neonatal and intensive care director. “We ran that roll through all the different multidisciplinary departments, just making sure we had all the key people in place.”

The six babies were born 10 weeks early in December 2017 and had a very successful delivery thanks to the practice runs.

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Photos: Ashley Sargent PhotographyWHNT Huntsville

Footage provided by WHNT Huntsville

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