Paul Servat had always wanted a family and finally felt like he was in the position to settle down when he met who he thought was his soulmate, Barbara Bienvenue. They couldn’t wait to spend the rest of their lives together and start their own family. When Barbara broke the news that she was pregnant (with quintuplets!), Paul was ecstatic that his dream of being a father was going to become reality in a few short months. But when the delivery day came around and the couple rushed off to the hospital, they received some shocking news…
Things Changed So Quickly
Paul was a guy that seemed to have it all beforehand. Not only did he have a steady job, but he also had a great support system. This included a supportive family, as well as a great group of friends.
Despite all of these great things though, he still felt as though something was missing. He wanted to share his life with someone. So after turning to a dating website, he thought he had finally found his perfect match…
Things seemed to be really clicking between Paul and Barbara online. Now they needed to see if things could work between them in person. After a few weeks, the two decided to meet in person for some coffee and a bite to eat.
The date was an instant success. This is because they had an instant connection and their online meet-cute had turned into much more than just a summer romance. It was just a matter of time before things got serious…
Things Were Getting Serious
Things picked up really quickly between Paul and Barbara, truth be told. In just days really, they were blissfully in love and wanted nothing more than to be in each other’s company.
It was totally clear that Barbara and Paul cared deeply for each other. There was no doubt that they saw a future together. However, there was a good reason why they fitted so well together and knew that they wanted to take things to the next level…
They Both Wanted the Same Thing
While many couples become serious simply because they have a lot of chemistry and maybe enjoy the same hobbies, things seemed much deeper between Paul and Barbara.
While that stuff also applied to the early days of their relationship, there was one other key detail that moved the relationship forward. They both wanted the same thing out of life. And that thing was children. They wanted to build a family together and they wasted no time in trying…
It was just a couple of short months into the relationship when Barbara sat Paul down for a serious conversation. She had some big news for him — she was pregnant with his baby! Paul was perplexed for a moment, trying to process the news.
But once he did, a big smile sprung on his face as well. The future that the two saw together was actually just right around the corner and they honestly couldn’t have been happier.
Soon, weeks turned into months, and the couple noticed that Barbara’s belly seemed larger than average. She went for a checkup and there, at the doctor’s office, they discovered that she was carrying twins!
Naturally, the couple was lost for words and they were delighted by the prospect of having “two for the price of one.” However, the good news just kept on coming when Barbara continued to go to her routine appointments. Paul surely didn’t see this coming…
As she continued to go to appointments, Barbara kept coming back home with incredible news updates regarding her pregnancy. The following week, she came back home from the doctor and told Paul that she was now pregnant with triplets.
Then, the following week, she informed him that she was actually carrying quadruplets! It was remarkable how the baby count just kept on growing. And yet, that wasn’t even the end of it. Nothing could prepare Paul for what he was about to hear…
After the last ultrasound, Barbara informed Paul the biggest and most exciting news yet. The quadruplets turned into quintuplets, meaning they would have five children! It seemed strange that the first ultrasounds wouldn’t have revealed this information to Barbara.
Surely you would know if you had quintuplets earlier on in the pregnancy than Barbara discovered. But this is where she was and all she could do was share her news with Paul. Unsurprisingly, Paul had the following reaction to the news…
He Was Lost for Words
It should come as no surprise (ironically) that Paul was completely surprised by these latest developments. As if finding out about twins, triplets and quadruplets wasn’t enough. He was lost for words and at this stage, he wouldn’t have been that surprised if she told him next week that she had sextuplets!
Paul desperately wanted to start a family but he never thought he’d receive enough children to form a whole basketball team. Still, he couldn’t help but feel excited!
Paul was so ecstatic and couldn’t wait to tell everyone about his future with Barbara and their beautiful little babies. Without hesitating, he told his family the big news. Paul’s parents were extremely supportive and “so looking forward to having grandchildren.”
It seemed like everything was falling into place and working out for the pair. Who knew that, after meeting each other online just a few months earlier, they would be settling down together to raise five kids. It almost seemed like fate…
Telling Their Friends
Sure, for many, the most important people that a couple needs to share the news of a pregnancy to are one’s parents. But this didn’t stop Paul and Barbara from rushing to their friends shortly after breaking the news to their family.
It came time to break the news to their friends, and that’s exactly what they did. Barbara and Paul revealed to a friend that they were expecting quintuplets. Their friend was absolutely thrilled but wondered how the pair would be able to afford five children.
They say it’s not what you know but who you know, and thankfully for Barbara and Paul, they knew some pretty great people. One of their friends was determined to help.
So she took it upon herself to launch a Facebook page so they could receive donations and sponsorships. She was able to use her “personal and professional contacts to get her [Barbara] sponsorships.” Without delay, people started donating clothes, food, furniture, and other items that the future parents would need for their babies.
The miracle of quintuplets caught the eye of their local community. The whole town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec couldn’t have been more thrilled or excited for the two. Their story made the news and front-page articles started appearing in the local paper.
Not only had the couple received donations through their Facebook page, but the community also started rallying around the unusual pregnancy. Barbara and Paul had everyone’s support, which is all they could have hoped for.
Not Every Day Was Easy
Like Barbara’s belly, Paul’s excitement over the quintuplets continued to grow every single day. Although he couldn’t wait to welcome the babies into the world, he knew that there would be some challenges along the way.
He stayed positive despite the fact that Barbara was badly suffering from morning sickness and mood swings. The father-to-be remained patient and understanding throughout the whole pregnancy. During this time, he found ways to make himself useful and proved to Barbara that he was the right man for her…
Paul was determined to show Barbara that he was both a responsible partner and could be a responsible parent during the latter stages of her pregnancy. As a bit of DIY master, Paul put his handy skills to good use.
Together, the couple worked on a nursery for the quintuplets. Barbara and Paul finished the room and added the final touches including the five bassinets they had received as a donation. They were officially ready for their babies to come home.
One thing that the couple needed to think about building up to the big arrival was what they would call the babies. Did they want to go with a theme or did they want every kid to have a unique name?
Like any expecting parents, the pair started brainstorming baby names together until Barbara decided to leave it up to Paul. He came up with a few ideas for baby names including Alexander, Sebastian, Charles, and Rosalie.
The Date Was Near
After everything they had planned together over the last eight-plus months, Paul and Barbara were nearly there. The babies were due to be born via Cesarean section on February 22nd at the CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal, Canada.
As the due date started nearing, the couple got increasingly more excited. After all, their lives were about to change for the better! They were truly looking forward to this new chapter of their lives together.
At 34 weeks, Barbara’s water apparently broke after she started complaining of stomach pains. After reading plenty of pregnancy books, Paul knew that while a typical pregnancy lasts about 37 weeks, it is normal for women that are expecting multiple babies to go into labor a little earlier.
He quickly and calmly grabbed the essentials before taking his girlfriend to the hospital. They were both eager to meet the new additions to their growing family. They had been waiting and preparing for this moment for what seemed like forever…
On Wednesday, which was the supposed delivery date, Barbara started complaining of stomach pains and Paul rushed her off to CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal, Canada. The two arrived at the hospital ready to take on the day.
When they got to the hospital that day, the couple expected to be given a delivery room where Barbara would give birth to their five babies. But what they ended up receiving instead was completely unexpected and shocking…
What awaited Barbara and Paul at the hospital was completely different than anything they had in mind. When the couple got to the hospital and Barbara had an ultrasound, the staff ultimately had some disturbing news for them.
The staff told Paul that there was no record of Barbara’s pregnancy. A nurse evidently took him aside to show him the results of blood tests — there were never actually any babies; Barbara had never been pregnant to begin with. Understandably so, Paul was extremely confused and distressed by the news.
All The Symptoms
None of this made sense to Paul. For the last nine months, Barbara showed all the normal signs of pregnancy — from weight gain to morning sickness to even lactation. In rare cases, however, a woman can actually convince herself that she’s pregnant.
This condition is known as pseudocyesis or phantom pregnancy. With phantom pregnancy, signs and symptoms can be so similar to an actual pregnancy that even doctors have mistaken this condition for an actual pregnancy. But, was this the case for Barbara or had she just blatantly lied about the whole thing?
Paul was completely oblivious to the truth up until this point. He was absolutely devastated when the whole charade was exposed. He called his friend who had helped them set up their Facebook page.
“He was crying on the phone. He was devastated, he didn’t understand,” his friend exclaimed. Paul couldn’t believe that his whole life had changed within seconds. “I lost everything, it was my whole life,” he told QMI Agency. After all, he had fallen in love and spent the last nine months of his life preparing to raise five children.
To make matters even worse, Paul now had the duty of returning all the donations that the couple had received over the last nine months. Sgt. Luc Tougas, a local police spokesman, said that no one has filed a criminal complaint so far.
“There would have to be a monetary loss but we have heard that the boyfriend is reimbursing people,” said Tougas. “If the man gives back the furniture … and the woman seems to have mental issues, then we would expect that the people (who donated) would let this go.”
After receiving the heartbreaking phone call from Paul, the friend posted news about the phantom pregnancy on the Facebook page and returned all of the donated goods. Paul also made efforts to return all of the donations or donate them to other worthwhile causes.
“I’m a good person; I have nothing to do with these lies,” he said during the tell-all interview with QMI Agency. He just couldn’t understand why the person who he trusted and loved the most would want to make a fool out of him. But there were more surprises to come…
After the whole ordeal, Barbara stayed at the hospital to undergo a psychological evaluation and ultimately started receiving psychiatric care after some testing. It was clear that she was going through something seriously wrong and needed to get to the root of this problem.
The whole community was in complete shock upon finding out the news that Barbara was not and had never been pregnant with any babies. And it wasn’t just random people who were heavily affected by this news…
Not Together Anymore
Understandably, this huge lie had a massive impact on Barbara and Paul’s relationship. The news was so severe that ultimately, Paul decided to move on.
According to CTV News, Paul had posted on Facebook that he is no longer seeing Barbara and that he is returning any and all donated gifts that they had received over the last nine months. He was shocked by what Barbara had done and was now more confused than ever. But not everyone was so surprised…
The doctors suspected that she had experienced a phantom pregnancy, a rare disorder where women can seemingly mirror the symptoms of pregnancy because they want so badly to be pregnant.
These symptoms can include absent periods, morning sickness, weight gain, and/or perception of fetal movements. Barbara did show many of these symptoms during her “pregnancy,” but was she really one of the rare cases of phantom pregnancy or did she just make this whole thing up for attention? People in her life would soon reveal something that turned this story on its head…
Not The First Time
More facts started to surface. In an interview with QMI, a previous boyfriend said that Barbara once told him that she was pregnant with twins, and that she took extreme measures to raise money for the nonexistent children.
“This isn’t the first time she’s done it,” a relative of Barbara’s told QMI. “But honestly, we never would have thought she was sick enough to do it again.” The family also said that Barbara once pretended she had leukemia and often claimed to suffer other afflictions.
Barbara not only fooled her boyfriend, but she also deceived the whole Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu community, who showered them with gifts and donations. Geneviève Laflamme was a woman from town that had just given birth to triplets when she had heard about Barbara’s pregnancy.
Geneviève befriended her in hopes that she could help Barbara along with the process. “I gave her tips on how to handle it, where to get financial support, where to get sponsors for diapers,” Geneviève told CTV Montreal. But she actually picked up on a few bizarre happenings…
Something Doesn’t Add Up
As Geneviève and Barbara became friendlier, she noticed that Barbara’s ultrasound picked up the quintuplets rather late, which is odd because doctors usually catch that very early on.
She also found it strange that Barbara didn’t spend much time resting during her final trimester. Geneviève revealed these suspicions to Paul after the news broke out and they continued to discuss things that would help the truth surface even further. Why didn’t Paul actually accompany Barbara to the doctor checkups? How did one baby jump to five babies after a few checkups?
The Truth Keeps Comin’
The evidence against Barbara started piling up. While discussing the possibility that she faked the pregnancy, Paul admitted that he had never met or even spoken to her family.
During an interview with QMI Agency, Barbara’s relative revealed that “she cut ties with us in recent months…she didn’t want us to know about her game.” With that being said, her family is happy that she is now getting psychiatric help. “Doctors need to take care of her or else she’ll do it again,” said her relative.
Despite how much Paul once loved Barbara, he could never trust her enough to start a new life with her. Throughout this whole experience, though, Paul remained a good man and continued to return the gifts.
After returning all the gifts and donations, he lives a quiet life away from the public eye. He just wants to move on with his life and forget everything he went through — who could blame the guy? Even Barbara’s relative said that “he doesn’t deserve to live with this.”