The untold truth of OutDaughtered


It was unlikely that all five babies would survive

Having quints can be dangerous, and the babies don’t always survive. Babies in multiple birth pregnancies are born smaller, and doctors have to take extra precautions after birth to ensure their survival. Even with modern medicine, sets of surviving quintuplets are still fairly rare. The first known quintuplets to survive were born in 1934.

The Busby quints had to spend a couple of months in the hospital after they were born. Danielle and Adam had to wait a whole week before holding their babies, so that highly anticipated moment was overwhelming for them. “It was an emotional downpour,” Danielle told TODAY. “It’s been hard to see your baby in the isolettes, but that moment where you finally get to touch your baby and hold them, there’s no better feeling than that.” Though, once their babies were healthy enough to hold, a whole new set of challenges set it. When it comes to premies, even changing a diaper can be scary. “It’s pretty overwhelming because they’re so tiny. … I don’t want to grab them firmly because I’m scared I’m going to break them,” Adam said on TODAY.

They had to fight their doctors to keep all five babies

The Busbys got more than they hoped for when fertility treatments resulted in Danielle conceiving five babies (they were hoping for twins), but the couple rose to the challenge in spite of the doctors’ concerns. “At first they didn’t want us to have all five,” Danielle told local news station KTRK. Due to the many risks associated with a multiples pregnancy, her doctors advised the couple to reduce the number of fetuses she was carrying, but “our hearts just couldn’t do that.”

As is typical when carrying so many babies, Danielle was not able to carry the quints to term. They were delivered by C-section at 28 weeks and 2 days. While the babies were on the small side (even two months after birth, all were under 6 pounds) they were all healthy. According to Adam and Danielle, their quints are a miracle; they told KTRK it was their faith that pulled them through.

Adam suffered from postpartum depression


There are still a lot of misconceptions around mental illness, and postpartum depression isn’t immune. A lot of people think of postpartum depression as something that exclusively affects the person who gives birth, but it can affect their partners as well. Adam opened up about his struggles with depression after Danielle had the quints. Adam explained his decision to go public with his depression, telling People that he wanted to raise awareness. “Showcasing how human we really are has really struck a chord with people, and I think in a strange way, we’re helping others realize they don’t have to have it all figured out either,” he said.