Quintuplets delivered at JCMC

Over 50 health care professionals planned for and assisted the birth(s)

Abla Boutaba, and dad, Salim Mostefaoui greeted five new babies born on Jan. 6
Abla Boutaba, and dad, Salim Mostefaoui greeted five new babies born on Jan. 6

For the first time in Hudson County, quintuplets were delivered at Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.

With the help of a health care team of over 50 experts, mom, Abla Boutaba, and dad, Salim Mostefaoui, welcomed five babies: three girls, Nouha, Tala and Rouba, and two boys, Elmahdi and Elhadi, on Sunday, Jan. 6.

The odds of having quintuplets are extremely rare. In 2017 alone, there were only 49 sets of quintuplets or higher order births born in the United States. Quintuplets and higher order pregnancies do not generally reach the full term of 40 weeks.

For quintuplets, generally the average term for delivery is about 28 weeks. Boutaba delivered at only 27 and a half weeks. Fortunately, mom and babies are all doing exceptionally well. The babies are continuing to receive care at the Jersey City Medical Center NICU.

In the weeks leading up to the births, Boutaba was admitted early on two separate occasions for cardiac issues. Knowing the risks associated with pregnancies of multiples and with Boutaba’s existing cardiac condition, at approximately 18 weeks, Jersey City Medical Center created a multidisciplinary team of obstetricians, anesthesiologists, neonatologists, nursing staff, respiratory therapists, and cardiologists to plan for the delivery.

“Our team met weekly to organize, practice and simulate drills for a smooth and safe delivery of all five babies,” said Lance Bruck, MD, FACOG, FACS, vice president and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jersey City Medical Center.

“The safety of mom and baby is our highest priority,” he said. “Welcoming a new child is one of the most important experiences in life, and choosing the best team is especially meaningful. At Jersey City Medical Center, we are committed to helping expectant parents prepare for each development from preconception to post-delivery, providing comprehensive maternity care and services that ensure a comfortable and safe delivery.”

Al Sullivan may be reached at asullivan@hudsonreporter.com