University clinic covers diaper costs for quintuplets

University Hospital Münster covers diaper costs for quintuplets

The quintuplets from Münster are not yet two weeks old and yet they already have their own sponsor. The University Hospital of Münster bears the costs for the diapers of the babies for one year.

Five girls The quintuplets who were born almost two weeks ago at Münster University Hospital (UKM) already have their first sponsor. Dr. Christoph Hoppenheit, Commercial Director of the UKM, presented the parents on Friday, on behalf of the Board, not only with flowers, but also with a voucher for diapers for the first year of life. "Since I myself am the father of several children, I was very happy to hear that the five girls are doing right from the start, depending on the situation," said Hoppenheit.

The babies are developing very well. The five girls Maria, Melissia, Josefina, Justina and Evelyn were born on November 12th by Caesarean section. They weighed between 1,040 and 1,270 grams at birth and are still being cared for as premature babies in the intensive care unit. The doctors had been able to delay the birth of the quintuples until the 30th week of pregnancy. According to Dr. Esther Rieger-Fackeldey, senior physician in neonatology, the health status of babies remains stable and they have developed very well so far.

Over 9,000 diapers The quintuplets are expected to be released from the care of the clinic in about nine weeks and come home to their 26-year-old mother, 31-year-old father and three-year-old brother. The responsible persons at the university clinic paid tribute to the challenge with five other children. "We would therefore like to help with a small starter pack: For the first year of life, the UKM provides the diapers for the quintuplets," says Hoppenheit. Assuming a daily consumption of five diapers per baby, parents can save themselves the purchase of 9,125 diapers in the coming year.

Multiple births are becoming more common The number of multiple births has increased significantly across Germany in the past twenty years. Every year more and more twins, triplets and quadruplets see the light of day in Germany, while the number of normal births has been declining for years. According to the Federal Statistical Office, there were approximately 11,500 multiple births in Germany in 2011. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the majority of multiple births are twin births (98 percent). According to the current figures, triplet births were already rare in 2011 with 230 cases, quadruple births with only six cases were a real rarity. (ad)

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