An Alabama couple were understandably shocked and terrified when they learned that they are expecting sextuplets.
Wondering how they would provide for six newborns as well as their three older sons, Courtney and Eric Waldrop, of Albertville, Alabama said the news was not the joyous announcement that they expected from their doctors.
But now, the Waldrops say they believe God gave them their sextuplets for a reason, and each one of their babies’ lives matter.
The Daily Mail reports the Waldrops have three boys, and they decided to begin trying for a fourth child about a year ago. After miscarrying a baby in January, Courtney said she went on a low dose of fertility drugs to help them conceive again.
Several months later, the couple learned the good news that they were expecting again. But an ultrasound scan in June turned out to be very different than they expected. A doctor told the family that there were six unborn babies with beating hearts inside Courtney’s womb, not just one.
“It was the shock of our lives,” Courtney said.
And not in a good way. She said they felt afraid and worried – “anything but happy” – and it took weeks to come to terms with the news.
Reports do not mention if doctors offered to abort any of their unborn babies, as they sometimes do when a woman is carrying multiples. Some doctors try to justify abortions in such cases by explaining that multiple unborn babies can risk the other unborn babies’ health as well as the mother’s.
However, the Waldrops said they are preparing to be a family of 11.
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Courtney said they are worried about her health and her ability to carry all six babies; however, doctors hope she will be able to carry them to 28 weeks of pregnancy before she gives birth. She is due in December.
“Our faith is strong and it has been from the beginning, but it was hard to humanly let it go [of the worries],” she told WHNT News 19.
The Waldrops said they believe God gave them the babies and has a plan for their lives.
“When we finally got far enough along to see the heartbeats, that’s when it all changed,” her husband added. “We turned it over to God and we realized he was going to get us through it.”
Their local community is planning a 5k fundraiser to help with their expenses, according to the local news.