‘OutDaughtered’: Danielle and Adam Busby Explain How the Hospital Helped the Quintuplets Survive
With so many big, unique families featured on TLC, it’s hard to know who’s worth watching. But it’s clear the Busbys have completely stolen our hearts on OutDaughtered. Adam and Danielle Busby are the parents of their 8-year-old daughter, Blayke, and 4-year-old all-female quintuplets — that’s six daughters in total. While the couple has always been passionate about kids, they never expected their lives to turn out quite this hectic and unique.
Danielle and Adam are super candid with the story of how they came to have quintuplets, too. And they’ve stated in the past that their hospital helped make sure all the baby girls survived. Here’s what they said.
Adam and Danielle Busby had a difficult time conceiving before the quintuplets
With so many kids, it’s hard to believe Adam and Danielle ever had difficulty conceiving, but Danielle wrote all about it on her It’s a Buzz World blog. Their first go-round with infertility was with their older daughter, Blayke. Danielle wrote that Adam’s “testosterone, sperm count, and motility were low,” and she also didn’t ovulate regularly, making pregnancy extremely difficult. Thankfully, after countless medications, ultrasounds, and procedures, Danielle was finally pregnant with Blayke.
Getting pregnant with the quintuplets followed a similar trajectory, though of course, Adam and Danielle didn’t mean to have five babies at once. They used various medications and practiced intrauterine insemination to help the process — and eventually, the shocking news came back to the expecting couple. Adam and Danielle prepared for four babies initially, and then two babies were seen in one sac, making five altogether.
Doctors didn’t even want Danielle to have all five babies
Having multiples comes with additional risks — and having quintuplets is almost unheard of. While Danielle and Adam were ready to take on the challenge, doctors didn’t necessarily recommend having all of the babies. In January 2015, Adam and Danielle talked to Houston’s ABC13 about having so many little girls at once.
Danielle told the radio station, “At first they didn’t want us to have all five. They wanted us to reduce. And our hearts just couldn’t do that.” Despite the possible complications, it all worked out in the end for the Busbys, too, as the quints are all thriving, developing their own personalities, and doing extremely well. While Adam has mentioned on OutDaughtered that raising quints is way more of a struggle than he ever imagined, we know he still loves having the quints around (even when he’s trying to get work done from home).
Adam and Danielle received excellent care from the hospital
Preparing for the arrival of the quints was a serious ordeal. As Adam and Danielle explained in this clip, they used their garage as a “baby warehouse” for storage, and nine months just didn’t seem like enough time to get it all done. When it came time for delivery, Danielle went to the hospital a few weeks ahead of time and then prepared to deliver the quints via C-section prematurely. “I want all the babies healthy and safe but, I mean, this was a pretty intense surgery that I had,” Danielle said. “Hearing that you’re gonna have five babies is one thing, but actually delivering them is another.”
Luckily, Danielle and Adam had an amazing team at The Women’s Hospital of Texas to help them through. Adam explained how prepared the hospital was for this intense delivery, and Danielle added, “They are so important to us and they are family to us, and they helped our babies survive. … I definitely would have just been in a different mindset without them.”
The quints were all delivered successfully, though two days after their birth, Riley experienced a collapsed lung. Thankfully, the team of doctors was able to repair the damage — and she’s now one of the smartest and brightest of the bunch. We can’t wait to see what the Busbys get into next as all six of the little girls head to school and develop into big kids on OutDaughtered, too.
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