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Septuplets Born in D.C. Hospital Critical But Doing Well

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He would not talk about the chances all seven would survive. "We'll have to take one day at a time,'' Winkel said.

The number of births of five or more babies in the U.S. has almost doubled since 1989 -- reaching 79 in 1998 -- largely because of infertility treatments that can have the unintended effect of causing multiple births.

The seven babies born to Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey in Carlisle, Iowa, recently marked their first 3 1/2 years. Three have health problems.

The babies will likely be in the hospital seven to nine weeks. The mother could be released in four or five days.

Doctors said the babies did well on a scale measuring their overall condition. Apgar scores, which range up to 10 for the best, measure heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes and skin color, and are taken one minute and five minutes after birth.

The babies' scores ranged from seven to nine, doctors said.

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