PHOENIX - Calling it a "surreal moment," Bryan Masche said Tuesday both he and his wife had tears of joy as their six babies were born.
"I really can't put into words how I felt at the time, " Masche said on NBC's "Today" show. "It was unbelievable. The team was just incredible. Everyone moved like a symphony, an orchestra. Really amazing. I almost felt like I was outside of my own body - looking in on the entire thing. It was amazing."
Masche said the three girls and three boys were doing excellent, and that the neonatogists "have assured me that all the babies are doing really well."
After being born Monday morning by Caesarean section, five of babies were placed on ventilators to help them breathe.
However, Masche said the babies were breathing Tuesday on their own.
"They've also had their first meal and had to have their first diapers changed already," he said.
The babies will be named Bailey Elizabeth, Savannah Jane, Molli Grace, Cole Robert, Blake Nickolas and Grant Williams, but Masche and his wife, Jenny, had yet to decide who gets which.
The sextuplets were almost 10 weeks premature and weighed between 2 pounds, 1 ounce and 3 pounds.
The Masche sextuplets were one of two sets of sextuplets born in different states less than a day apart, a rare occurrence but one that fertility experts say could become increasingly common as more couples seek artificial methods of conceiving babies.
Brianna Morrison, 24, who used fertility drugs, gave birth just before midnight Sunday in Minneapolis. About 10 hours later, Jenny Masche, 32, who used artificial insemination, gave birth in the first successful sextuplet delivery in Arizona.
"It is something that we're going to be dealing with more and more," unless doctors learn how to reduce the risk of women having four or more babies, said Dr. F. Sessions Cole, a pediatrics professor at Washington University in St. Louis.