Czech quintuplets were born to Alexandra Kinova and Antonin Kroscen in Prague, marking a historic first for the country, according to reports. The five children were born naturally, and for the feat, Kinova has been dubbed the "supermum" by the local press.
The Czech quintuplets were born this week, and although the mother and children were moved to the intensive care unit, they are all reportedly stable, according to the Prague Institute for the Care of Mother and Child. Quintuplets are rare— there is a one in several million chance of it happening— so the 23-year-old mom has made history.
"In our country (birth) statistics have been recorded since 1949 and there's no mention of quintuplets," obstetrician Alena Mechurova told the Telegraph U.K. "In the Czech Republic quintuplets are born on average once every 480 years."
The children, four boys and one girl— Deniel, Michael, Alex, Martin and Terezka— were born by c-section at 31 weeks "without any complications," doctors said. They will join Kinova's other son at home, and she will certainly be busy as she wants on breastfeeding all five infants, though perhaps not all the time.
"The first child I nursed for almost a year and a half and I want to breastfeed now," the mother, who is from Milovice, explained. "While I know that some will be on artificial nutrition."
Kinova and her partner, 26-year-old Kroscen, first were told by doctors that they were having twins, which makes sense as they both have twins in their families. In March, physicians told them they were having four children, then five in April— one fetus was hiding behind other siblings during the ultrasound.
"When we finally found a fifth head, I started to cry," she recounted.
Doctors were prepared for the multiple children, with staff and midwives doubled for the birth. However Kroscen almost didn't make it— his train was delayed.
"I was crying all the way since I feared I would not manage it," he told Ceske Noviny, a Czech publication.