Special Delivery: How We Are Raising America's: Only Sextuplets . . .and Loving It

Barbara M. Dille, Author, Becki Dilley, Author, Sam Stall, With
Barbara M. Dille, Author, Becki Dilley, Author, Sam Stall, With Random House (NY) $21 (258p) ISBN 978-0-679-43706-2
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Attempting unsuccessfully to get pregnant, Becki Dilley tried the fertility drug Pergonal-though she was aware of the risks involved in carrying multiple fetuses-and the couple's wish for a child was granted, six times over. Becki looked full-term at five months while suffering from partial paralysis and a host of other maladies, quit her nursing job and was hospitalized for the rest of her pregnancy. Her medical bills left the Indianapolis couple nearly bankrupt. Their infants were all born premature on May 25, 1993, but only Julian suffered problems severe enough to prolong his hospital stay. Today, Julian, Brenna, Claire, Quinn, Ian and Adrian, America's only surviving sextuplets, are healthy toddlers. The Dilleys, writing with Stall, who edits Indianapolis Monthly, recreate their parenting experiences, their children's emerging personalities, their decision to have Keith become houseparent while his wife resumed her nursing career. This highly entertaining, hope-filled book will gladden readers' hearts. Photos. (June)
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