Amazing Quintuplet Pregnancy That Made Headlines All Over The World

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Meeting new people is hard, especially when you're trying to find your soulmate. One man, Paul Servat, thought he had found his soulmate online. His new girlfriend seemed like a perfect match. Then she got pregnant with not one, not two, and not even three babies. She had quintuplets! But..there was something wrong. This story takes some crazy twists and turns, and you'll never believe what happened! You might read that in a lot of stories, but this one is crazy! Buckle up and let's get started!

Paul Servat

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Image credits: Agence QMI/Le Journal De Montral/Camille Laurin-Desjardins

Montreal man Paul Servat was looking for a girlfriend. Everyone he knew had children, and he wanted that too. He was single, and so he did what most single people do these days: he went online to a dating service and signed up. He thought he had found the woman that he had been looking for..Who was she?

Using Dating Websites

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He met a woman named Barbara Bienvenue, and although they had a bit of an age difference. They began talking and hit it off pretty well. It didn’t take long before Servat fell for her happy personality. She could make him laugh like no one else in the world, and their bond grew stronger every day.

Barbara Bienvenue

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Servat thought he had met his soulmate when he clicked on Barbara Bienvenue, 37. They immediately hit it off and began dating. They became very close quickly, as Paul find out. He thought he knew her, but he didn't know everything. That would be a big problem for him later. What happened to them? 

Their Quick Romance

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Both of them knew immediately that they are meant for each other. They were in their 30s, and it was time to settle down. After a few weeks of talking online, they met up in Montreal. They clicked right away, and they started dating seriously for the next few weeks. Their courtship was fast, but when you know, you know. Keep going to see what happened two months later.

Two Months Later...

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Two months into their relationship, Barbara had a huge surprise for Paul. She was pregnant! Paul wasn't sure about this news. They had only been dating for two months and were still getting to know each other. It was also a weird because Barbara was 37, and that was old for an "accidental" pregnancy. Still, he was happy at the news because he had always wanted a family. 

The Big News

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Image credits: Agence QMI/Le Journal De Montral/Camille Laurin-Desjardins - Facebook/Daily Mail

The couple's friends and family threw them a huge party. Everyone was happy for them. Soon, Barbara started showing signs of a tough pregnancy though. Morning sickness was coming on strong, and she had a very rapid weight gain. Paul helped her to move in with him. She accepted and soon he and his family help take care of her. Pregnancies after the age of 35 can be difficult for the mother, but they were about to get some news that made it even more difficult.

Her Horrible Morning Sickness

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Things were not all sunshine and rainbows regarding Barbara’s pregnancy. During her first trimester, Bienvenue’s body changed completely. She was going through mood swings, and her belly kept growing. morning sickness was rough. Meanwhile, Servat cared about her and the baby; so he helped as much as he could. He was in for a huge surprise later on, though…

How Many?!

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Barbara soon went to the doctor for her neo-natal exams. She came home and told Paul that she had huge news..they weren't having just one baby. Or two babies. They were having FIVE babies. Quintuplets. This was even crazier because spontaneous quintuplets are rare. They only occur once in every 55,000,000 births. Paul hadn't expected that kind of news! How would they pay for it? Keep reading!

Getting Ready For The Babies

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Only a handful of people in the world have the joy of welcoming quintuplets. Therefore, the couple set forth to prepare for their arrival. It was overwhelming, but they were excited about it. However, they worried about being first-time parents, aside from trying to see how they pay for everything they needed. Continue reading to see how they worked things out...

Fixing Their Money Issues

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Paul set up a Facebook group to help raise money for the quintuplets. He received support from all over Canada and the US in the form of money and gifts. Local businesses started chipping in. Soon, this was a big story all over Canada, and especially in Montreal. Natural quintuplets are a big deal, but probably not big enough to warrant a viral news story. Unfortunately, there was another reason this story became so huge...What was it?

Quintuplets Need A Lot of Money

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Servat earned an average salary. It was not a lot of money to start a family that big. Luckily, they had a huge support system behind them. Family, friends, and even their neighbors were pulling in to help them. However, the due date was approaching, and they needed a solution. Find out how they got a little extra cash…

Updating Things on Facebook

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Aside from creating an account to receive donations, they also updated about everything regarding the baby. Many businesses rushed to their aid. Now that some of their financial worries had been dealt with, they could focus on the rest of the pregnancy. Sadly, Servat took the page down when he found out about Bienvenue’s past...

Flying Through The Pregnancy

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It might have been tough in the beginning, but after the first trimester, things settled down. Servat was the best companion anyone could ask for, and he was always there for his partner. They worked together to complete the baby’s room and went on outings so that Bienvenue would never get bored. Keep reading to discover how their story turned sour…

Beautiful Moments Together

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Servat couldn't have been more excited about becoming a father. Servat’s entire family came together to help them as much as possible. His mother would often stay at their house. Barbara said that Servat could pick the babies’ names, with the best moments of the whole experience. Continue to see what happened next…

The Rest Of the Pregnancy

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With most of the financial pressures out of the way, Barbara's pregnancy kept going ahead as normal. She was very sick, as you would expect from an expectant mother of five, but everything seemed too well. Bienvenue told Paul that he could pick out the names for the kids, and he announced those on Facebook too. Things were getting very exciting! What messed things up?

Serious Complications

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Unfortunately, Barbara went into labor early. But that’s expected. A newborn baby might be too small to survive, but having quintuplets changes things a bit. However, the parents thought that nothing bad would happen to their burgeoning family. They had read on premature birth and were ready for the challenge. Discover the surprising twist to this story…

Nothing Could Stop Them

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The last months of their pregnancy were the most beautiful, but also the most stressful. Luckily, with all the donations and gifts, they were readier than many other new parents. They were just missing their five kids to fill up their house. Servat’s family was also waiting anxiously. However, Bienvenue’s family had never expected this... Find out why…

Labor

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Barbara went into labor early. This is normal for multiple births, and even more common for large multiple births like quintuplets. She went into labor in the 34th week of pregnancy. Normally, with multiple births, a woman will go into labor at around 32 weeks. That set off warning bells for their friend, Genevieve. She was a mother of triplets and had been giving advice to the couple. Why was this problem?

The Big Day

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Finally, it was time. Paul rushed Barbara to the hospital. Her water had broken she was ready to give birth. He waited in the waiting room, and he was ready for this, to embrace the happiest day of his life. When the doctors came out, he saw something was wrong. He didn't know what it was..were the babies OK? Was Barbara OK? Was something else wrong? There was definitely a problem.

Something Bad Was Coming

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As soon as the doctor started walking towards him, Servat knew that something bad was coming. The doctor was not happy at all... Had something happened to the babies or to Barbara? Servat had just realized that he had been in the waiting room way too long. What was the problem? Find out what happened next…

The Answers He Needed

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Luckily, Servat had many of his loved ones around him. But the staff nurses were acting weird. The physician took Servat aside to talk in private to give some necessary answers. However, they were also words that no expecting parent wanted to hear…

There’s Something Wrong Here

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The doctor explained what was happening to Servat, and why all the medical professionals. Unfortunately, no one could find the records of Bienvenue’s visits to the hospital, and there was no one who knew anything about the baby. It was hard to understand. However, Servat had never attended these appointments with Barbara. He always dropped her off. Keep reading to see why that was a huge mistake…

What Happened

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The babies weren't dead or sick. In fact, the news was worse than that. There were NO babies at all. Paul was beside himself. How could there not be any babies? Barbara had been going to the doctor all along, and she had even brought him pictures. Unfortunately, he had never gone to the doctor with her. He just dropped her off at the appointments. Paul didn't understand what had happened. What was it? Keep reading!

The Explanation

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The doctor explained that there were no records of Barbara Bienvenue being pregnant. No ultrasounds, no blood tests, nothing. The delivery room nurses had performed the very first blood tests in her records and the results were negative. They told Paul that they believed it was a phantom pregnancy. He struggled to understand what that meant. What is it? We'll tell you next!

Phantom Pregnancies

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Phantom pregnancies, also called pseudocyesis, are Munchausen's Syndrome. Instead of convincing themselves that they are sick (like Munchausen's patients), they convince themselves that they are pregnant. Women undergoing pseudocyesis can even begin showing signs of pregnancy, and Barbara did all that. She had weight gain, mood swings, morning sickness, and was even lactating. Blood tests can't lie though. There were no babies here. Was it really a phantom pregnancy?

There Were Signs of Pregnancy

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The whole thing was insane for Servat because he had seen all the typical symptoms of pregnancy in Barbara. She had morning sickness, and her belly grew every day. She had even gone to the doctor’s because her stomach was bigger than normal. In the end, Bienvenue was even lactating. Servat’s mom was wrong. But the truth was inescapable…

Getting Proper Help

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There is nothing inside their bellies. Therefore, loved ones have to get close to support this person. They need to feel supported. When the truth unfolded, the doctor said not to place blame on Barbara. Some thought it was really a phantom pregnancy and that her medical condition caused everything. Find out more about this illness…

Other Cases of Phantom Pregnancy

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Dr. Kimberly Gecsi from Cleveland says that she had seen five cases of this condition in a decade of practicing medicine. A woman from Pittsburg thought she was in labor, and her belly was huge. However, the nurse used a stethoscope to check on the baby’s heartbeat and found nothing. When Dr. Gecsi did an ultrasound, they confirm that there was no baby. Keep reading to see what else happens with phantom pregnancies…

Some Be Tricked

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People with pseudocyesis often need physiological doctors, even though it’s a mental condition. However, most doctors get confused by what they are seeing. In North Carolina, there was one case where two doctors did a C-section, and that’s when they discovered the lack of pregnancy. They had been trying to induce for two days. It was such a mishap that they also lost their medical licenses, as neither thought to check for a heartbeat. Meanwhile, continue reading to see why Barbara innocent…

Someone Was Suspicious

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There was one person who thought the pregnancy was weird: Genevieve. She was close to Servat and had delivered triplets before. Therefore, she noticed that the ultrasound discovered the quintuplets way too late in the game. didn’t rest much by the end.She thought she should have been more tired. However, she didn’t want to say anything because Servat was happy. Keep reading to see how Servat reacted to the truth…

The Medical Tests Don’t Lie

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Although he was sure that Barbara was not a victim, Servat was not so convinced. He thought she might have been wishing for a baby so much that her brain did it. However, Barbara lied about her many visits to the doctor was telling him otherwise. Doctors might miss a phantom pregnancy in the beginning. However, someone would have spotted soon enough. Tests and ultrasounds revealed the truth. Continue reading to see what else happened…

The Mounting Evidence Against Bienvenue

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Servat was just sad and confused about the whole thing. They had experienced the same things every pregnant couple does. However, he also lamented the fact that he never went to the appointments.Every time Barbara went to the doctor, she changed the results, like how many children she was carrying. Keep going to see what finally convinced Servat that Barbara had faked everything…

The Past

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Barbara had claimed that she had no family. This wasn't true. In fact, one of them heard the story. One of her family wasn't talking to her was because she had claimed another false pregnancy the year before this one. She told her ex-boyfriend that she was expecting twins and began raising funds for them. He found out they were fake too. What happened to Paul and Barbara?

The Final Part of the Evidence

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All the pieces seemed to say that Bienvenue had faked the whole thing, and Servat had to admit that he did hear of her family members. The only information he had was that Barbara was from Quebec, but she didn’t talk about anyone else. In hindsight, Servat found that behavior odd. Meanwhile, the news reached a local paper, and finally, one of Barbara’s relatives contacted Servet. Find out what he discovered then…

Not The First Time

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Servat revealed, “This isn’t the first time she’s done it. But honestly, we never would have thought she was sick enough to do it again.” The family member even said that she stopped contacting everyone for months, probably since she met Servat, because Barbara didn’t want anyone to discover her game. The jig was up. She never even had a phantom pregnancy. It was fake the entire time. Another person talked to the Toronto Sun to explain that he had been through something similar. All she wanted was to raise money with the pregnancy as an excuse. Keep reading to see what else happened…

Too Overwhelming

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Servat was going through the worst thing imaginable, and he couldn’t believe that the entire experience had been a lie. Bienvenue lied on social media, asking for sponsorships for the children. No one suspected a thing. She had not only hurt Servat but everyone around them, and the whole community that bound around them for support. Continue to see more of Servat’s feelings…

The Massive Frustration

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Servat’s parents had to hear the truth. “Even my parents, they were so looking forward to having grandchildren.” The friends who helped with their Facebook page were angry on Servat’s behalf. She was selfish. She had betrayed them all. Keep reading to discover more…

Servat’s Reaction

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Image credits: Agence QMI/Le Journal De Montral/Camille Laurin-Desjardins

Servat had been so happy expecting to be a father and having a family. Discovering the truth changed him. “I lost everything, it was my whole life.” His girlfriend had been tricking everybody to get money. “I’m a good person and I have nothing to do with these lies.” Everyone can only hope that he is Bienvenue’s last victim. Continue to see how the community reacted…

Everyone Finds Out

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After discovering the truth at the hospital, he had to tell everyone about it. However, stepping to his home, especially the nursery was the worst thing in the world. They had received so many things from everyone. He had to call everyone that donated something to reveal what happened. Some understood that it wasn’t his fault, while others were... Continue to see what people had to say…

Going Viral

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The news quickly went viral with many outlets running the story. Most of them condemned Bienvenue for such horrible actions. One online user said, “High multiples like quints are high risk and she’d have been with specialists, getting constant checkups, etc. It’s not like faking a normal pregnancy. Even if this WAS her first stunt, I’m side-eyeing the people who believed this.” While others said that Barbara needed help. Keep reading to see the aftermath…

The Aftermath

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This was an impossibly sad story for Paul, but he committed himself to give back the gifts they had received, to a psychiatric facility. She has not been there for over 5 years. According to Paul Servat, "I'm a good person and I have nothing to do with these lies." It is a sad end to what started out a happy story.

What Happened to Barbara Bienvenue?

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Apparently, her loved ones finally admitted Barbara into a psychiatric facility. One relative told the Toronto Sun that, “Doctors need to take care of her or else she’ll do it again and again.” However, experts believe that it takes years of therapy to help Bienvenue. It was not a phantom pregnancy, but she has real mental issues.

This kind of story doesn't happen often. It's very sad to read stories like this and we hope that Paul can put it behind him. We hope that you found this story interesting, even if it is heartbreaking. If you did, please share the story with your friends on social media. Thanks for reading!

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