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Barberton couple one step closer to birth of quintuplets

Hannah and Jacob Merton
Posted at 1:27 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 13:27:43-05

BARBERTON, Ohio — The soon-to-be mother of quintuplets in Barberton and her husband are preparing for the big day as she was admitted to Summa Akron City Hospital as doctors monitor her and the babies, according to an article by News 5 media partner Akron Beacon Journal.

Hannah and Jacob Merton were having trouble getting pregnant, so they went to a fertility specialist who prescribed Letrozole, a medication used for infertility treatment, and in October, a doctor delivered some stunning news—the couple was pregnant with five babies.

After passing the 23-week pregnancy mark, Hannah was admitted to the hospital and put on bed rest as a precautionary method in case she needs to give birth before the babies are full-term or other health reasons, the article said.

As Hannah and Jacob prepare for the birth of their five babies, doctors at Summa Akron City Hospital do the same. According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2018, there were only 10 sets of five babies or more born out of nearly 4 million births.

Hannah told ABJ her goal is to reach 30 weeks gestation, but every week that passes reduces the space in her body for the babies, so that may not be possible.

No matter when Hannah gives birth to the babies, doctors, nurses and medical staff will be ready to keep them healthy and give them the special attention they will need after birth.

“It’s such a cool thing, and we’re lucky to be caring for them,” Dr. Melissa Mancuso, chair of maternal-fetal medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital, told ABJ.

To read the full ABJ article, click here.

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