Childbirth is an amazing thing - But have you ever heard of a woman giving birth to quintuplets?

Nope, me neither.

Well, one family has recently come forward with their shocking, yet amazing tale of unexpected childbirth... But their grueling routine has shocked everyone.

We live in a world of weird and wonderful things...

Though some a little weirder than others.

Most of it is all thanks to mother nature.

You know, the giver of life.

She blesses us with some of the most wonderful things...

Including the births of millions of babies every year.

Childbirth is an incredible moment for the families involved...

After waiting for 9 long months, they finally get their own bundle of joy.

There are a few times when you having a baby that something unexpected might happen though...

Like having twins.

Some women are lucky enough to have twins...

But despite being lucky, nothing could prepare you for the surprise of that.

What would be even more of a surprise than having twins, though?



Or how about quintuplets?

Something so rare that has 1 in a fifty-five million chance of happening!

Well, that's what happened to one woman.

Megan Hulen, from Minot, North Dakota, and her husband Joshua decided to try for a girl, after having Jacob, 7 and Matthew, 2.

Megan has polycystic ovary syndrome, making it difficult to conceive without the help of fertility treatments.

So when they found out about the babies, they were amazed that it had happened naturally.

In an interview, she said:

“We had decided to try again for a daughter and I became pregnant before we even got a chance to begin IUI. “I started to feel really weird and I thought, surely there’s no way I could be pregnant because I never actually ovulated on my own."

She continued...

“But the one time I did we found out we were pregnant and that was a surprise enough in itself. “But then we found out that we were having 5 babies and nothing could have prepared us for that."

At 6 weeks, the couple went in for an ultrasound...

Where they were told there was one heartbeat and the other 4 couldn't be verified so soon.

Megan said: “We went back in a week later and saw 5 heartbeats."

“I was so shocked - the ultrasound technician worried they were hurting me because I was shaking and I said ‘I’m shaking because you’ve told me I’m having 5 babies.’" “After the ultrasound, I told my husband I couldn’t go home because I needed time to freak out away from the kids so we went to his office and I sat in the corner and cried for about an hour."

The news was shocking but, thanks to her previous pregnancy, she taught herself to stay calm.

She said: “My younger son Matthew was born with Nager syndrome and we spent about 3 months in the NICU with him. It was a really hard time. I spent my entire pregnancy with him freaking out and I think I realized that didn’t do me any good. “I couldn’t control anything and what was going to be was going to be - I wasted so much time worrying."

She found a sense of calm in "what will be will be."

“In an attempt to relax during this pregnancy I began doing a belly picture once a week and celebrated those little achievements. “Once I had that zen I could just be happy and in the moment."

But, as expected, there was a huge difference between carrying 1 baby and 5.

“There were a lot of differences between being pregnant with 1 and with 5. I couldn’t vacuum the carpet without needing to take a break. “Standing in front of the mirror to put my makeup on I would become too winded or too tired from holding the weight up and would need to sit down."

“Even half-an-hour was too long to stand!"

While the pregnancy seemed to go on forever, the actual birth was surprisingly fast.

At thirty-two-weeks and a rise in blood pressure, the couple welcomed quintuplets via c-section on September 2.

“The birth was not what I expected it to be," said Megan. “I was so shocked because the babies were all born within 4 minutes of each other. It was boom boom boom and all the babies were out. It actually took a lot longer to get my bleeding sorted and me stitched up than it did to get the babies out."

The babies were born by 2:20 am...

With Allison weighing 3 pounds 5.6 ounces; Adam 4 pounds 0.2 ounces; Madison 3 pounds 6 ounces; Emma 3 pounds 10.9 ounces; and Chloe 3 pounds 3.5 ounces.

Just 3 days after giving birth, Megan was discharged.

She added: “After a week and a half I was even at the point that I could stop taking pain medication, I can’t complain about recovery."

Luckily, the babies were born without complications but were kept in the NICU for 3 weeks due to them being premature.

Megan said: “We thought they were going to be in the NICU for at least a month or better and within 3 weeks we got to take them all home. “The doctors were just as surprised as we were."

The whole process has been a learning curve for the couple.

“Life with the quints is chaotic but it’s a good chaos - we’re just so happy to have everybody under the same roof" Megan said. “My husband and I were up pretty much twenty-four-hours in the first few days because feeds were taking us up to 3 hours. “Premature babies take a bit longer to eat so by the time you’re done burping and feeding the fifth one, you have about half an hour before you need to start feeding and burping the first one again."

While Megan was prepared, she never expected to have to do this much work...

She said: “We started taking 3 out at once and propping them up with bottles and burp cloths and we can now get everyone fed in about an hour. I had anticipated and prepared for the amount of laundry I would be doing - but it’s even more so than I expected. “With 5  babies I sometimes feel like I am living in spit-up. After every couple of feeds, I do a load of laundry. “I end up doing about 3 or 4 loads of laundry a day and that’s become the norm now."

Megan gets up at 3 am every morning for a feed and then again at 7 am before having a rest between half 7 and 8 am after which the boys get up.

She then starts homeschooling Jacob before giving Matthew his daily medication.

After that, the babies will “start to fuss" and Megan starts the feeding routine.

She explains: “Every feed we change their diapers and log their changes and feeds in an app as well as how much they ate because with 5 babies it’s easy to forget who did what."

It sure is a mission...

“In between dealing with the quints, I’m busy chasing my 2-year-old and making sure my 7-year-old is getting his homework done. “Every once and a while I will have time to vacuum the carpet or do a load of laundry."

Megan and Joshua are trying to upscale all areas of their lives.

She said: “We’re hoping in 2 years we will be able to get another house. We are definitely going to need one. This one is already somewhat small for a family of 3 kids. “We’ve been looking for a bigger vehicle but we haven’t come up with the perfect solution just yet. “Everything we’ve looked at has 8 seats and we need 9 so we have started to look at larger commercial vans."

While the parents are trying to adjust, their big brother has taken to it amazingly.

Megan said: “Our eldest is adjusting really well. He was so excited about the babies from the beginning and was the only one to guess all the genders correctly. “He told me ‘mom I wished and prayed for sisters’ so he got his wish and is so thrilled and loves helping with them."

So now it's just the big issue of learning to tell them apart.

Megan is fundraising for her quints - to donate visit her Facebook page. To read about more rare births, keep scrolling...