A woman in Northern Ireland has given birth to six babies.

The sextuplets were delivered by caesarean section at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast this morning.

It was the first recorded birth of sextuplets on the island of Ireland.

Some of the medical team involved in the historic delivery of the four girls and two boys gave a press conference at Belfast's Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital.

They revealed the babies, which were delivered by caesarean section, were 14 weeks premature.

Neonatal consultant Dr Clifford Mayes said he was limited in what he could reveal because the family had asked for privacy.

However, he said that the babies, weighing between 1Ib 7oz and 2lb and 2oz had been conceived naturally without the aid of IVF.

The medical team said that the infants were now at a critical stage.

They are currently being treated in intensive care and Dr Mayes said that while it was a happy time, it was also fraught with difficulty.

The team at the hospital had been preparing for today's delivery for the last number of weeks and he said that it was a day they had been looking forward to with a mixture of trepidation and excitement.

Previously, the largest multiple birth in Northern Ireland was quintuplets, born in 2002.

Both mother and father are said to be doing well.