A Scottsdale church made sure a family with newborn sextuplets will be rolling in the diapers. Early Monday morning, 32-yearold Jenny Masche gave birth to sextuplets at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix.
But Masche and her husband Bryan, 29, don’t have to worry about buying the 70 diapers per day they will need for their newborns.
The congregation at First Southern Baptist Church collected about 21,000 diapers — enough for the babies for nearly a year, according to Mona McDonald, family ministry director.
“This was just a real practical way to show God’s love,” McDonald said, estimating the couple’s monthly diaper bill alone would be about $1,000.
“We thought about their needs being so enormous, and this is a real simple way to meet a huge need.”
The diaper drive began in April. McDonald said other groups, including the Masche family’s own Calvary Baptist Church in Lake Havasu City, are also collecting diapers.
“Between all of us, we hope to make it so they don’t have to buy diapers, ever,” McDonald said.
The Masche sextuplets — three boys and three girls — are in stable, but still serious condition, according to their neonatologist, Dr. Jordan Leonard of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The newborns are Arizona’s first surviving set of sextuplets, born almost 10 weeks prematurely by Cesarean section.
After two miscarriages and years of trying to conceive, Jenny Masche became pregnant with fraternal sextuplets using fertility medications and artificial insemination. The couple live in Lake Havasu City.
On bed rest since March, Masche delivered the babies beginning at 8:21 a.m. Monday.
“We anticipated all possible problems, and they didn’t happen,” said the couple’s obstetrician, Dr. John Elliott, in a statement. “This delivery was as good as you could possibly draw up. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”
Five of the infants were breathing with help from machines Monday morning, but all were breathing on their own by late Monday afternoon, Leonard said.
In the coming weeks, he and the hospital staff will be monitoring the babies’ blood oxygen levels, and slowly weaning them from intravenous nutrition to breast milk.
“They are really pink, looking around, interacting with the family and friends who have visited them,” Leonard said. “We are all very encouraged by how they are doing.”
The Masche family will remain in the Valley for at least six to eight weeks while the babies grow in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital neonatology unit at Banner Good Samaritan.
Diaper donations can be dropped off in the First Southern Baptist Church office, 5230 N. Scottsdale Road.
For other ways to donate or to learn more about the Masche family, visit www.maschemiracles.com.