Delivery of sextuplets

A Cuyahoga Falls woman, with family ties in Girard and East Liverpool, gave birth Thursday at Akron General Medical Center to the first set of sextuplets born in Ohio — three girls and three boys.

Jennifer Hanselman, 29, and her husband, Keith Hanselman, 30, along with son Connor, 2, welcomed their six new family members. The babies were all born at 9:42 a.m.

The father is the son of Bud and Nancy Hanselman of East Liverpool. They and another son, Scott, operate Books and Hooks on Maple Avenue in Girard. All of the babies are in critical condition and were transferred to Akron Children's Hospital.

"The mom is in fantastic condition and the babies all seem to be doing well," said Dr. Justin P. Lavin Jr., chief of maternal-fetal medicine at Akron General, who led the 34-person delivery team. "This is absolutely incredible."

"This team worked like clockwork," continued Dr. Anand Kantak medical director of neonatal intensive care unit at Akron Children's Hospital.

Although they had one son, they wanted more children. The went to Dr. Nicholas Spirtos, an Akron fertility specialist, inform &to=' target=_blank>

The three boys and three girls, ranging in weight from 1 pound, 9 ounces, to 2 pounds, 10 ounces, were in relatively good health, doctors said, and showed no signs of major complications or defects. "When we starting taking the babies out, they just kept coming, one after another," said Justin Lavin, chief of maternal fetal medicine at Akron General Medical Center. "It was a pretty exciting experience." The delivery process had been planned weeks in advance. Equipment - tubes, vials, respirators, even the caps each baby would wear - was color-coded blue, yellow, green, pink, red and black to match each baby with the team of specialists watching over him or her. Jennifer Hanselman, who had been hospitalized at Akron General since Jan. 19, was in good health after the delivery.

The Hanselmans used fertility drugs to help get pregnant, just as they did three years ago before they had their 2-year-old son, Connor.

Their fertility specialist, Nicholas Spirtos, urged them to terminate four of the embryos to hasten the survival of the other two, and to protect Jennifer Hanselman's health.

In a January interview, Jennifer Hanselman said that she and her husband "talked and prayed about it," eventually deciding, "We don't want to second-guess God's blessings," report &to=' target=_blank>

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