Physicians were concerned about the pressure six babies were putting on the body of the mother, so they decided to deliver the nation’s first set of sextuplets Sunday night.
As planned, three of the babies were sent to neonatal care in other hospitals.
The caesarian was at Hospital México in La Uruca where the mother, Sylvia Villegas, 34, was under medical care since the first of the month.
Initial reports were that the babies and the mother were in good health. She has been married for 10 years.
The team of physicians from the major hospitals had hoped to put off the delivery until at least later this week. A meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday where physicians were supposed to decide when the operation would take place. Ms. Villegas completed 27 weeks of pregnancy Friday. A typical pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks.
The operation began about 9:30 p.m. The babies had been reported to be making lot of movements, and the physicians were worried that they could to damage to the mother.
The babies even before birth had been the subject of extensive news coverage. For the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the birth at one of its public hospitals helps take the focus off recent negative news coverage.