Trinidad is first Caribbean country to record birth of sextuplets
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Monday March 4, 2013 – A 28 year-old woman gave birth to six children here on Monday in the first known case of sextuplets being born in the Caribbean.
The three boys and three girls were born at the Mount Hope Maternity Hospital and are said to be doing well. No further details have been released.
While the sextuplets will be a first for both the country and the Caribbean, in 2006, Lystra Aberdeen gave birth to quadruplet girls at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, 30 years after a teacher from La Brea, south of here had achieved the feat.
Last month, the North Central Regional Health Authority held a press conference to announce the imminent birth of the six children and said that the mother is from central Trinidad.
It said that a delivery plan had been developed and over the weekend, the Trinidad Guardian newspaper quoted Dr Juliet Skinner, consultant gynaecologist at the Barbados Fertility Clinic, which was not associated with this pregnancy, as saying that all multiple births “come with substantially higher risk to mother and babies” and require a careful delivery plan to be developed months in advance. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)