When a couple from Alabama welcomed sextuplets on December 11, it was an extremely joyful moment. Not only because their family had grown by six, but because Courtney and Eric Waldrop had quite the journey leading up to that point.
The couple met in 2004 after knowing one another since middle school. Sadly, they experienced several pregnancy losses before having Saylor in 2008. Courtney told People that they had always dreamed of having a large family, so they turned to fertility treatments and soon welcomed twin sons Wales and Bridge. Several years later, they tried again, but without any medical intervention, and Courtney tragically suffered a miscarriage early last year. The couple then turned to fertility treatment once more, and soon got the news that they were expecting sextuplets.
They were counseled on the many risks associated with a pregnancy with so many multiples, including increased chance of C-section, plus stroke, high blood pressure spikes, UTIs, gestational diabetes and placenta issues, according to the American Pregnancy Association. They were also told about a procedure called multifetal pregnancy reduction that would reduce the number of fetuses in the womb and increase the chances of survival, but the Waldrops decided against it. “We are strong in our faith, but you never know how you’re going to feel when you’re actually in those shoes,” she says. “When we let it go and turned it all over to [God], those fears—though we know the risks are still there—were lifted from us.”
Ultimately, of course, they couldn't have been happier to welcome six healthy babies. “It’s an amazingly joyful feeling to have all six babies at home with us. Our lives have been forever changed,” the couple said, according to People. “We are blessed beyond words and so excited to get life started with these sweet little miracles from above.”
Bundled in blankets every color of the rainbow, the babies— Rivers, Rayne, Rawlings, Blu, Tag and Layke—appear in a gorgeous photo shoot shot by Ashley Sargent of Ashley Sargent Photography. Talk about picture perfect!
The photos will appear on the cover of Huntsville Hospital’s in-house magazine, and TLC will air a documentary about the family’s story in the fall. Congratulations to the new family of 11!