"In August of 2021, after years of infertility, we found out we were pregnant with quadruplets. Everything was progressing well until a little over 11 weeks, when we went in for one of our MFM appointments and found out baby D no longer had a heartbeat. That same day, we were also told babies A, B, and C had cystic hygromas. It was explained that sometimes these go away and sometimes they do not. We were told we were at risk to lose all of the babies at any time, they could be born stillborn, or they could have devastating birth defects that they would not survive. We made our 2-week follow up appointment and were told if the hygromas were going to reduce or dissipate, it would need to happen before 20 weeks, but hopefully in this 2-week window we would see improvement. We went back 2 weeks later and the hygromas had gone away! We were back to having healthy, growing babies!
The pregnancy went very smoothly from that point on until November 30th, when I went in for my normal MFM ultrasound appointment to continue anatomy scans. I was told my cervix was shortening and I had the option for a cerclage. On December st, 2021 at 21 weeks pregnant, I went into the hospital for a simple procedure, with a simple recovery. The cerclage was successful, but I had a bleeding complication and contractions started. They were able to slow the contractions with magnesium via IV but the contractions couldn’t be stopped. At 21 weeks, we were faced with some hard decisions if they could not get the contractions to stop. The babies would likely not survive at 21 weeks gestation, even with all of the medical interventions possible. The magnesium started to work and the contractions were kept at what the doctors felt was an acceptable level! For 54 days, I was hospitalized on strict bed rest. I also received several rounds of steroid shots for the babies’ lung development through my stay since we didn’t know when they would make their appearance. At 28 weeks, the magnesium was stopped. I think we all held our breath that entire day. We were all praying for my body to sustain as long as possible, hoping to make it to 30-34 weeks.
At 28 weeks and 5 days, my water broke in the early morning hours for baby C. My nurse quickly sprang into action to begin monitoring everyone’s heart rates. After a few hours, baby A’s heart rate started to fail and they rushed me in for a C-section. At 6:45 Sloan (baby A), 6:47 Ripken (baby B), and 6:48 Rone (baby C) made their entrance into the world. I was told their Apgar scores were 8 and 9 which is what full-term singletons are typically given! Talk about a miracle! Sloan and Ripken were placed on CPAP, and Rone was intubated twice but only for a short period of time. They were otherwise very healthy for their gestational age. Sloan developed a grade 2 brain bleed that upon rescan had started to heal! Sloan spent 63 days in the NICU and Rone and Ripken 79 Days. Rone also had a successful hernia surgery in October! We will forever be thankful for Dr. Rosnes, Dr. Valores, and Dr. Lewis, as well as the countless nurses and doctors at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center for their work in keeping the babies safe. We are so thankful God chose us to be their parents."