A southern Italian woman has given birth to sextuplets in the first such case in Italy since 1997.

The ANSA news agency said the babies — boys Paolo and Maurizio, and girls Francesca Pia, Angelica, Annachiara and Serena — are in good condition. The babies each weighed between 1.34 - 1.76 pounds.

They were born Sunday in the 27th week of pregnancy to 32-year-old Carmela Oliva in Benevento, near Naples.

Father Pino Mele told state-run RAI television he hopes the sextuplets' grandparents help out, saying they're the first grandchildren in the family.