Five's a crowd

two more are company

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December 04, 2005|By ELIZABETH MALBY | ELIZABETH MALBY,SUN REPORTER

When baby nurses Meredith Ball and Annie Duguid heard Jennell Dickens had given birth to quintuplets, they reached out to help.

They knew what a potentially overwhelming array of tasks confronted Dickens and Noval Davis as new parents, and stepped up to offer their services.

The nurses helped to establish a schedule to organize the feeding and care of the five babies. Since then, they have sometimes stayed late into the night so the new parents could sleep. Ball and Duguid have even shared tricks of the trade to help simplify the quints' care.

In the process, they seem to have become true family friends. I hoped to spotlight both the help and the friendship in this image of the mother, the nurses and the babies.

Chronicling such acts of generosity and kindness are among the greatest privileges of our work as newspaper photographers.

elizabeth.malby@baltsun.com

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