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The Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) group we had been seeing twice weekly were watching our babies closely as two of the babies (Baby B and Baby C) are identical and shared a placenta. Baby C did not get an equal share of the placenta, which caused intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR) for her, meaning she was much smaller than the other identical B and smaller than A. She also had abnormal blood flow in her umbilical cord, which could mean she wasn't getting enough oxygen and nutrients. The doctors were balancing the options of closely watching Baby C with frequent visits, or delivering all the babies early.
We celebrated the milestone of 30 weeks of pregnancy on Tuesday, Sept 26th and I had a regularly scheduled OB visit. The nurse practitioner I saw at the beginning of the appointment said I looked "off" and thought the babies would be coming sooner than expected! During the ultrasound Baby C showed increased abnormality with her umbilical cord blood flow, and she had a slight deceleration of her heart rate during the non stress test. The MFM doctor said he wanted to be cautious and admit me to the hospital for closer monitoring of the babies.
In the hospital that afternoon and evening they watched the babies' heart rates with the non stress test continuously and did notice that Baby C had several more decelerations. I was able to be unhooked from the monitor for a short wink of sleep. After getting labs drawn bright and early Wednesday, September 27, I called to place an order for breakfast and the food service worker told me my diet order was changed to NPO (nothing by mouth). About 20 minutes later, the MFM arrived and said my labs that morning showed early pre-eclampsia and she wanted to prep me for surgery and deliver the babies that morning by c-section!
Eleanor Jayne was born at 12:07pm weighing 3lbs 7oz (Baby A) Lydia Janae was born at 12:08 weighing 3lbs 4oz (Baby B) Ingrid Louise was born at 12:09 weighing 2lbs 9oz (Baby C)
I had a group of about 7 people, including 2 surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, surgical techs, etc assisting with my surgery and each girl was delivered and taken to a team of nurses, a respiratory therapist, nurse practitioner and neonatologist. Each girl had a group of about 5 highly trained people attending them. We had a full house for all the excitement and to help celebrate their birthdays! :)
The babies were checked out and appeared to be miraculously perfect! They all required only CPAP to help with breathing. They all have beautiful dark brown hair and pink skin (depending on how mad they are). The staff have continued to rave about how beautiful they all are, and we very much agree! We are so blessed and so thankful that they are here!