Heather Carroll, a remarkably petite woman, undertook the extraordinary feat of carrying six babies simultaneously in her abdomen. Astonishingly, she successfully managed to sustain their growth and nourishment. On Father’s Day weekend in Alabama, she openly shared the arduous journey she faced, where she had to consume a staggering 6,000 calories daily to ensure the adequate nourishment of her remarkable offspring.
Heather, standing at just 5’2″ tall, and her husband, Mitchell, have named the six babies alphabetically, following the letters assigned to them while still in the womb: Abbie, Brooklyn, Chloe, David, Ellie, and Faith.
The sextuplets were delivered by planned Caesarean section after 28 weeks and one day into her pregnancy, following a month of strict bed rest. They arrived in the span of just three minutes, with weights ranging from 1lb 10oz to 2lbs 5oz. A team of 51 medical staff oversaw their delivery, rehearsing the procedure six times before the actual day.
Heather candidly described her challenging 6,000-calorie-a-day diet during her pregnancy. She had to maintain a detailed record of her daily food intake, including calories. The effort was immense, with snack foods and desserts supplied to her daily. She gained an extra 35lbs during her pregnancy, which, given her petite frame, was quite a burden.
Heather and Mitchell had struggled for years to have children. Heather had experienced four miscarriages before being diagnosed with polycystic ovaries. To conceive Grant, she underwent intrauterine insemination, a procedure that can sometimes result in twins or triplets, but seldom sextuplets.
A month before the babies were born, Heather was admitted to Brockwood Medical Center for round-the-clock monitoring. She drank nutrient-packed milkshakes with every meal and received additional supplements via an IV drip to ensure her calorie intake was sufficient to keep the babies healthy.
The arrival of the sextuplets on Father’s Day was a joyous moment, with Mitchell spending the day visiting each baby in the incubators, one boy and five girls. The community rallied around the couple, extending support, expanding their home, providing diapers, formula milk, and even planning to donate a van. Their local church has pledged to expand its nursery, and a baby shower was thrown by Heather’s doctor’s office.
Heather Carroll’s remarkable journey to motherhood demonstrates her resilience and the support of her family and community, reflecting faith and commitment.