Couple gave birth in early February

Kate Meis, whose sextuplet pregnancy the Advocate wrote about in January, has given birth.

Meis delivered all the babies by Cesarean section on Friday, Feb. 4, between 9:20-9:25 a.m. One of the infants, Matthew, was delivered stillborn. A funeral for him was held Feb. 10.

The remaining five babies were brought into the world by a team of 32 medical personnel at Presbyterian Hospital. Each was assigned one doctor and two nurses, plus support staff.

The babies’ names are Amelia — the heaviest baby at 2 lbs, 7 oz. — Jackson, William, Eleanor, and Elizabeth, the smallest at 1 lb., 13 oz.

Meis was just a few days shy of 28 weeks when she gave birth.

Several business (see sidebar) have donated labor and baby supplies to Kate and David Meis, and neighborhood residents can still help as well — a gently used baby shower, open to the public, will be held in the St. Thomas Aquinas school cafeteria March 13 from 1-3 p.m.

The five infants are expected to remain at Presbyterian for at least two months.

Helping the Meises

The following have made donations to the family to help them with raising five children:

  • Jarrell Appliance and KitchenAid — a super-capacity washer and dryer.
  • Meletio Electric, owned by neighborhood resident Ken Reiser — electrical supplies.
  • Babies R Us — Highchairs and unlimited baby bottles.
  • Bebe Grand — clothes.

Numerous people also have donated clothes, cribs and accessories, and parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas have donated meals for the next several months.

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