DETROIT — A Michigan woman gave birth to four girls and a boy in what a hospital said today was the first delivery of "test-tube" quintuplets in the United States.
The quintuplets, delivered by Caesarean section at Beaumont Hospital in suburban Royal Oak late Monday, ranged in weight from 1 pound, 14 1/2 ounces, to 3 pounds, 2 1/2 ounces, and were "in good shape," spokeswoman Deb Mero said.
The births were about a month premature, she said.
The parents were identified only as a married couple from Clarkston, Mich., who were accepted into Beaumont's 4-year-old in-vitro fertilization (IVF) program last year.
"These are the first quints born from IVF in the nation," said Mero, who said her information came from Medical Research International, a Boston-based monitoring agency.