Pregnancy is a life-changing experience for an expectant mother. But it can also be a life-changing time for the unborn baby’s father as well.
Paul Servat put his time, energy, and emotions into his preparation to be a father. His girlfriend, Barbara Bienvenue, shared the news with him that she was pregnant.
The couple met online in the summer months. By September, two months into their dating relationship, Servat learned that he would be a father.
Then, Bienvenue told him she was pregnant with twins. Twins turned to triplets.
The shocking updates continued when Bienvenue said she was pregnant with quadruplets and finally, quintuplets.
Servat remained positive and excited about the pregnancy and idea of raising five babies.
He picked out each baby’s name. Servat’s parents shared in his excitement as they awaited the chance to meet their grandchildren.
Local businesses and the community even became invested in the lives of these five babies. They donated baby items to help out the family in preparation for quintuplets.
Five empty cribs sat in Servat’s home. They would remain empty even after Bienvenue’s due date.
Servat suffered from the loss of never being able to hold his babies, but it wasn’t because the quints tragically didn’t survive. They never existed in the first place.
Servat took Bienvenue to the hospital to deliver the babies. He was pulled aside by a nurse who shared with him the heartbreaking results of a blood test; his girlfriend was not pregnant.
Bienvenue didn’t need to be on the labor and delivery floor. She needed to be placed under psychiatric observation for the phantom pregnancy.
“I lost everything, it was my whole life,” Servat told The Toronto Sun. Bienvenue spoke of what she would do with all of the donated baby items.
“I’ll return all these things to people who sent them or give them (away). I’m a good person and I have nothing to do with these lies,” she stated.
Bienvenue suffered from pseudocyesis, meaning she falsely believed she was pregnant to the point that she experienced morning sickness, lactation, and abdominal swelling.
Hopefully, Servat one day will experience the true joy of being a father not only during pregnancy, but through birth and beyond as well.
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