Mom Welcome the first set of Quadruplests in New Zealand after infertility struggle

Mum defies doctors who told her to terminate two of her quads… and gives birth to four healthy babies

A MUM-of-five has revealed her anguish when doctors told her she should terminate two of her babies after finding out she was expecting quadruplets.

Kendall MacDonald, 27, from Timaru in New Zealand, and her husband Josh are Fpcosproud parents to six-month-old quads and a three-year-old son named Brooklyn.

It is the first set of quads born in New Zealand in 20 years.

With Kendall, 27, suffering from polycystic ovaries, she confessed it was a “surprise” when she fell pregnant the first time.

Beginning trying when Brooklyn was just two-months-old, over the next few years they tried to fall pregnant again without success, with Kendall suffering a miscarriage.

As well as having medical conditions which made falling pregnant hard, Mrs MacDonald also suffered from toxic shock syndrome following the birth of her first child when part of the placenta was left in her body.

This left her with scarring on her uterus, which doctors told her would make it difficult for her to fall pregnant as well as carry a baby to term

Advised these multiple factors would make it hard to conceive, they turned to drug Clomifene, which helps ovulation.

After their second try they were delighted to discover Kendall was pregnant.

The couple were overjoyed when an early scan revealed a healthy heartbeat, but they weren’t prepared for what was to follow.

At her nine week scan a second heartbeat appeared, and a third scan revealed a further two heartbeats.

Kendall said: “We’d gone from one baby, to two, then three then four. It was a huge shock.”

They added it was a massive shock as no multiples ran in their families, and they never expected to be pregnant with four babies.

But as the reality sank in, Kendall was told she needed to make a tough choice.

At 12 weeks the mum-to-be was told that there was a chance none of her babies would survive, and she was advised to terminate two of the foetuses to increase the survival chances of the other pair.

They were given two weeks to decide, but sought second opinions.

One doctor agreed she should have the fetal reduction, but the other said if she wanted to go ahead with all four then she should.

Armed with this information, Kendall and Josh decided to keep all their babies.

They were told she needed to make it to 28 weeks for them to have a fighting chance of survival, and the pair moved nearer the hospital just in case.

At 28 weeks and four days, Kendall went into labour and all four babies were born via caesarean section last August.

Ranging from 2.57lbs to 2.88lbs, Molly, Hudson, Indie and Quinn were rushed to intensive care.

Because they were born so early, they’d need to spend time in NICU connected to breathing tubes because they weren’t able to breathe on their own

It would be seven weeks before they’d be able to be hugged, and another three before they’d be given the all clear to go home.

Baby Molly would need to spend a further two weeks in the hospital because she wasn’t feeding well. Her twin Hudson would stay with her to keep her company.

At 12 weeks, with all her children at finally at home, Mrs MacDonald said she finally ‘felt like a mum of five’.

The quads were the first to be born in New Zealand in 20 years.

Kendall said: “All this time, I’d been so terrified of losing my precious babies I hadn’t allowed myself to get excited.”

Now she says she feels like a proper mum-of-five as the quads approach their seven-month milestone.

The family have set up a GiveaLittle page to help with the costs of raising five babies under four, with Kendall saying: “I can’t believe we are on the other side of it and four healthy babies and they are all miracles.”,

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