Guillermina and Fernando Garcia gave birth to three girls and two boys at the University of Utah over the weekend. The babies weighing between two and three pounds each are expected to stay at the hospital for another six weeks, but when momma and babies come home they're going to have some help.
Aunika Kidd with the Utah Doula Association said, "We've done multis, but five is a first for Utah.”
A doula is a nonmedical person who assists a mother before, during and after childbirth.
"Post partum doulas are wonderful. They help mother the mother,” explained doula Kristy Huber.
They help with everything from emotional support to making sure the mother is eating well.
Kidd explained, "Once the babies start coming home we will be in the home for the first month 6-8 hours a day."
These doulas are donating their time and they're asking the community to step up as well.
"I think it takes a village to raise children and we're really hoping the community will come through and support this family,” said Huber.
The Garcia's already have one toddler at home, but they're far from being prepared to take home five more.
Kidd told ABC 4 Utah, "They don't have five car seats to bring the babies home in; they don't have cribs to put these babies in."
The Utah Doula Association is asking for any and all donations from gently used clothing to food for the family. The group will accept new and gently used items for all ages and stages of life.
Monetary donations are currently being accepted at all America First Credit Union locations under the name “Utah Quints” or “Utah Doula Association.” You may also go to the Utah Doula Association website at www.utahdoulas.org
For donations of real good there is a drop off location at Security Storage Pro 500 South 500 West just off the I-15.
All donations will go to the Garcia family. For more information on other ways to help you can contact Aunika Kidd at 801-560-7364.