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Lexington parents talk about baby quintuplets born on mom's birthday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's been one heck of a ride for Katie and Lucas Schaftlein.

"When we went in for the first ultrasound, they found four, and we went in the next week, and they found five," Katie said.

Last Friday, at 29 weeks, Savannah, Sadie, Sofia, Scarlett and Lucas were born via C-Section at UK Hospital in Lexington. They range from 1 to 2 pounds.  

"Luckily, they all arrived as healthy as we could hope for 29 week babies, and they're all doing very, very well right now," said Dr. Peter Giannone with Kentucky Children's Hospital.

Getting pregnant wasn't easy. Katie and Lucas say after much difficulty, they made the decision to start fertility treatments. 

"We were one step away from In-Vitro," Katie said.

Lo and behold, a miracle. The odds of having quintuplets are very rare. 

"They are very uncommon," said Dr. Wendy Hanson, chief of UK Women's Health Obstetrics and Gynecology. "I think there may be somewhere between 40 and 50 quintuplet births a year in the U.S."

And here's another twist: The babies were born on their mother's birthday, Nov. 11, the last at just 11:56 p.m., minutes before the stroke of midnight. 

"Obviously it's special having them on my birthday, but I think that the most special part was they were born healthy," Katie said. "Any day that would happen would be special."

Now the challenge for mom and dad is telling the babies apart. 

"All the girls look similar, so we're thinking maybe nail polish would be good on their toes," Katie said.

"And the boy will be easy," Lucas said. "We'll know the boy."

The babies will remain in the NICU at least for the next six weeks. So mom and dad have at least that long to figure out the next thing on their list, buying a bigger car to transport the babies home. 

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