Alabama Couple Expecting Sextuplets After Wife Takes Low-Dose Fertility Drug

A couple in Alabama wanted to have one more child to join their three boys, but it turns out they're welcoming six new faces in their nursery.

When Courtney and Eric Waldrop recently found out they were pregnant with sextuplets, they were both surprised and frightened, noted Courtney, who is employed as a first-grade teacher.

“I was scared to death,” Courtney commented in an interview with People magazine. “I’m a smaller framed girl, and my first thoughts were on how I was going to successfully get six kids here without something happening to them or me. There was a lot of fear. We didn’t know what to do or think.”

The couple were married back in 2004 and their first son, Saylor, was born in December 2008. Three years and change later, their twin boys, 5-year-old Wales and Bridge, showed up in January of 2012.

However, Courtney had several difficult miscarriages in the intervening years, and was only able to have the twins with the help of fertility drugs.

Then, in January of this year, Eric and Courtney made the call to try for another child with no fertility drugs. Courtney soon became pregnant, but suffered another heart-breaking miscarriage.

“It was devastating because I can get pregnant so easily, I just can’t hold on to them,” Courtney explained. “It was upsetting, but we had experienced it before and I knew I had a medical issue...”

At that point, the couple knew that if they were going to have more kids, it was going to mean fertility treatments again.

Courtney’s doctor put her on a low-dosage treatment designed to minimize the odds of having multiple births. That said, Courtney became pregnant and discovered in May she was carrying six fetuses. The doctors told her right then there are notable risks in carting sextuplets, including a high probability they will be delivered prematurely.

Mothers carrying multiple fetuses have a higher chance of c-section, and greater risks including strokes, high blood pressure spikes, UTIs, gestational diabetes, and placenta issues, based on information provided by the American Pregnancy Association.

The doctors also explained to Courtney and Eric they could opt for selective reduction, a procedure to reduce the number of fetuses to boost the survival chances of the others.

“Our faith in God is very strong, and we never would have thought we would have considered that,” Courtney explains. “But with the risks involved, no doctor could sugar coat what could happen. The risks are real for me and for the babies.”

Courtney and Eric eventually decided to let faith guide them through this difficult process.

“We are strong in our faith, but you never know how you’re going to feel when you’re actually in those shoes,” she notes. “When we let it go and turned it all over to [God], those fears—though we know the risks are still there—were lifted from us. They were haunting us and it was in our every thought.”

Courtney’s friends in Albertville held a nighttime 5k run to raise money for the family back on August 6th. Of note, blue and pink smoke bombs were set off to indicate the gender of the babies before the run, and it turns out the Waldrops actually found out the genders at the same time as their friends that evening.

Source: Little Things
Photo: Inside Edition

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