Salisbury Couple Finds Out They Are Expecting Sextuplets

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David and Dawn Barnes, of Salisbury, MD recently found out they would be welcoming sextuplets into their family. And while the news was surprising, The couple considers it a blessing.

At the start of 2017, the couple decided to try having another child without the assistance of treatment. After trying for a few months, the couple decided to seek professional help.

They contacted their doctor, who put them on a low-dosage treatment that was supposed to minimize the chances of Dawn having more than two fetuses. However, Dawn became pregnant and was shocked to find out during a May ultrasound that she was carrying six fetuses. The moment was clouded by the dangers that doctors laid out to her, such as the extremely high risk that the babies will be born prematurely.

Mothers carrying multiple fetuses have an increased chance of delivering via c-section, with risks including strokes, high blood pressure spikes, UTIs, gestational diabetes, and placenta issues, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

With that, there was soon talk of going through with selective reduction, a procedure that reduces the number of fetuses to increase the chances of survival for the others.

“Our faith in God is very strong, and we never would have thought we would have considered that,” Dawn explains. “But with the risks involved, no doctor could sugar coat what could happen. The risks are real for me and for the babies.”

It is a difficult decision for any parent to make, but Dawn says she and David eventually decided to let faith guide them through the process.

A few weeks later, during another ultrasound, the couple would marvel at images showing the fingers and toes of their six future children, and it gave them some relief about their decision. But Dawn says her worries will continue until she has her babies in her arms.

On August 26, Dawn's friends in their tight-knit Salisbury community will held a nighttime 5k run to raise money for the family. Just before the run, colored smoke bombs were released that revealed the sex of the babies—and the couple will found out alongside their friends that very night.

Dawn praises her community, and her husband, for being with her every step of the way. “It’s been an incredible journey filled with all emotions—fears, excitements, worry, happiness—everything,” she says. “There is just a lot of uncertainty that we won’t be able to clear until they get here.”

As far as thinking of names for the six babies, Dawn isn’t thinking too much about that just yet.

“I just want them to be healthy, healthy, healthy,” she says. “That’s all I can ask for.”

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