Lake Charles couple welcomes quintuplets

Plauche' quintuplets (Source: Allen Kramer, Texas Children's Pavilion for Women)
Plauche' quintuplets (Source: Allen Kramer, Texas Children's Pavilion for Women)

Sarah and Bruce Plauche', Lake Charles natives, delivered three boys and two girls on Sept. 7 at 28 weeks, 1 day gestation, according to a news release from Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in Houston.

Officials said that the babies, Owen Parker, Tessa Quinn, Reece William, Miles Shepherd and Corinne Elise (in birth order), were born at 3:26 p.m. on Sept. 7.

"All of the babies were delivered within four minutes. Like with the sextuplets, there were multiple care teams who had practiced through simulations to prepare for the birth. All of the babies were taken to the NICU at the Pavilion for Women and are currently all off of ventilators and are being supported through CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure)," the release states.

The Plauche' quintuplets are the first ever-recorded quintuplets in Lake Charles and the first set in Houston this year, officials say.

"The latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows 80 quintuplets or higher-order multiple births in 2009. The CDC does not have birth statistics for 2012," the release continues.

Dr. Stephen Welty, chief of neonatology at Texas Children's Hospital and the head of the newborn section at the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine said the babies are doing well.

"The Plauche' quintuplets are all critical but stable and doing really well, especially for babies born at 28 weeks,"  Welty said. "A crucial aspect of achieving the best outcomes for our patients is to conduct simulations to prepare for the births of high-order multiples. The good news is that the doctors and nurses at the Pavilion for Women have been delivering and caring for premature and critically-ill babies for more than 50 years and complex cases, such as this one, are exactly why the Pavilion for Women was created – to have an experienced team and state-of-the-art facility ready to handle the most high-risk births. We are glad we could be here for the Plauche' family."

Dr. Robert Carpenter, OB/GYN physician at the Pavilion for Women, not only managed the Perkins' sextuplet pregnancy but also managed the Plauche' quintuplet pregnancy.

"This pregnancy was very similar to the sextuplet pregnancy and I monitored Sarah closely here and in collaborative care with her primary OB/GYN, Dr. David McAlpine, in Lake Charles. Our goal was to get Sarah to at least 28 weeks gestation where the risk of major problems with intracranial hemorrhage, respiratory distress and chronic lung disease, necrotizing enterocolitis and neonatal infections are substantially decreased. She was able to do that with close monitoring, lots of rest and significant stress reduction," said Carpenter, a maternal fetal medicine specialist.

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