Courtney and Eric Waldrop, 35, became parents of nine when they welcomed three boys and three girls to the world to join their three older sons.
In just four minutes, the mother-of-three added six more to the family when she gave birth to sextuplets.
The middle-school sweethearts said they always wanted a big family, however, they were stunned when the doctors discovered six fetuses in Courtney’s womb.
With that shock came the fear of the complications that could arise while pregnant with multiple babies.
The doctors said that all six babies came out crying and Courtney and the sextuplets are doing well.
The couple from Alabama were relieved after they had a long history of heartbreaking miscarriages after having their first son Saylor in 2008.
They used fertility treatments to conceive their twin boys, Wale and Bridge, now five.
In January, after a miscarriage of their fourth child, their doctor put them on a low dosage of fertility treatment that was meant to minimize the chances of Courtney carrying multiple fetuses, even though their twins were born this way.
‘It was devastating because I can get pregnant so easily, I just can’t hold on to them,’ Courtney told PEOPLE. ‘It was upsetting, but we had experienced it before and I knew I had a medical issue that contributed to it.’
An ultrasound in June, discovered six heartbeats in the first-grade teacher’s womb. While this was cause for celebration, it was also cause for concern, due to the extremely high risk of the sextuplets being born preterm.
Doctors explained the option of selective reduction, a procedure that reduces the number of fetuses and increases the chances of survival for the others.
Both parents refused and said they would let faith guide them.
Courtney said the couple was excited to see their family grow but scared due to her small frame.
In a 2013 study, the number of multiple births of triplets or more due to fertility drugs and injectable hormones rose from 36 percent to 45 percent from 1998 to 2011.
The births of multiples because of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) dropped from 48 percent to 32 percent.
Courtney took to Facebook at 11 weeks and said her calorie intake was the biggest concern because she would have to consume a high amount to keep herself and the babies healthy.
‘Please pray that my appetite will allow me to eat like I’ve never eaten before,’ she wrote.
While it seemed impossible to carry six babies full-term, the couple’s goal was to make it to at least 30 weeks.
At 25 weeks Courtney was put on bed rest to slow down the progression of the babies.
She announced she had carried the sextuplets to 29 weeks, meaning they reached their 30-week goal.
Despite being premature, the babies have a better chance at survival and decreased the risk of complications such as cerebral palsy, difficulty breathing and development delays.
The sextuplets were delivered yesterday in Alabama between 1:48 pm and 1:52 pm, and according to family, the Waldrop sextuplets are doing well.
The boys were named Layke Bryars, Blu Wellington, and Tag Bricker while the girls were named Rivers McCall, Rayne McCoy and Rawlings McClaine.