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Local couple welcomes quintuplets


NEW ORLEANS - A local couple is celebrating something few parents could ever dream of: five babies born at the same time.
"This is Micah, that's Elizabeth, and that's Joseph," said RN Dionne Raymond. She is taking her turn caring for three of the quintuplets still in the NICU at Touro. Dawson and Maxwell two other siblings have already been sent home.

"It feels surreal. I  look at them and I can't believe they're mine," said Nadia Harris, who had the babies in October with her wife, Liz. The same-sex couple was determined to have a traditional life.

"Ever since we got married, we knew we wanted to have kids, so we tried real hard to do so," Nadia said.

The two married in Connecticut in 2008, where it's legal for same sex-couples to wed. They immediately began their quest to have a child through artificial insemination and fertility treatments. They decided Nadia would carry the baby.

"We tried about nine times. We started in Atlanta, moved to New York, and then we did it here. One time and five babies come," she said.

When they found out, it was a shock.

"We went in and the lady started counting and she said there are five gestational sacks. I said, 'Oh my God, I have cysts!' She said, 'no honey those are babies!'" Nadia said, laughing.

Dr. Stacey Holman was tapped by the couple to deliver the little miracles. On Oct. 4, the babies were born. All weighed in at 2 pounds or less. The the mothers nicknamed Dr. Holman "Momma Stork."

"Definitely the best day of my career!" she said. "It's really exciting to bring one life into the world. When it comes to bringing five into the world, it's amazing."

The other babies are growing well, according to doctors, and are close to coming home. That's when Nadia and Liz's real challenges begin.

Liz works at a local hotel, and Nadia plans to care for the babies full-time. The family of seven will live in their three-bedroom house. They'll have expenses, but they say they have love, prayers and support from friends.

"I'm Mama, she's Mommy," said Nadia, spelling out what she and Liz will be called by Dawson, Elizabeth, Maxwell, Micah and Joseph.

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