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Arizona woman gives birth to sextuplets

/ Source: The Associated Press

A 32-year-old woman gave birth to sextuplets Monday, hospital officials said.

Jenny Masche gave birth by Caesarean section at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in central Phoenix to three boys and three girls, officials said. They were almost 10 weeks premature, and all but one weighed less than three pounds.

Dr. Jordan Leonard, who is overseeing their care, said the babies should leave the hospital in six to eight weeks.

“We’re very pleased with how they’re doing,” Leonard said.

New father Bryan Masche, 29, said in an interview with The Associated Press last week that the couple was terrified when they learned in December they were going to have six babies.

“We’re blessed and excited,” he said. “I keep coming back to the Bible verse that says, ‘God will never leave or forsake us.”’

The couple had tried for years to conceive naturally before turning to artificial insemination, he said. Jenny Masche also used medication to stimulate her ovulation cycle, Leonard said.

The babies are the first known set of surviving sextuplets in Arizona.

They are named Bailey Elizabeth, Savannah Jane, Molli Grace, Cole Robert, Blake Nickolas and Grant William.