On Monday, May 5, Anna and Joshua Hall became proud parents of quadruplets – three girls and one boy. Forty precious fingers and forty precious toes! With this birth, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine welcomed its first-ever set of quadruplets.
The quads began arriving at 1:58 pm with Brooks, weighing in at 3 lb, 11 ounces, leading the way, followed by his sisters - Sadie at 2 lbs 15 oz; Elle at 3 lbs, 6 ounces; and Ivy at 3 lbs, 5 ounces. Elle and Ivy are identical twins.
"It was an exciting afternoon here," says Steve Newton, president at Baylor Grapevine. "What made it even more exciting is to see how efficiently our team worked to deliver the hospital's first set of quadruplets. Our advanced care team held practice drills and was well prepared for this multiple birth." Mrs. Hall had been at Baylor Grapevine on complete bed rest since 26 weeks + five days.
"We feel very blessed to welcome these four new children into our family," said Mr. Hall, who turned 36 on May 5. The Halls, who live in Fort Worth, have two other girls, ages 2 and 4.
According to Sherry Kappler, MD, medical director of the Level III Baylor Grapevine Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), "the average quad pregnancy delivers at 29.5 weeks, and Mrs. Hall was able to reach almost 32 weeks, which was great news for the babies."
Ten percent of all newborns require the special monitoring and close observation available in a NICU. A full-term baby is one born between 37 and 42 weeks of gestation, so a baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature. Because these babies are often very small, they need special care to aid in growth and development before they can go home. Breathing and feeding may be difficult for these tiny patients.
A team of board-certified neonatologists on the Baylor Grapevine medical staff provide dare in the 21-bed NICU at Baylor Grapevine with the assistance of neonatal nurse practitioners. The NICU carries a Level III-Regional designation, and can care for babies born as early as 23-weeks gestation. The Baylor Grapevine NICU has an open visitation policy for parents, allowing them to visit anytime day or night.
"In calendar year 2013, the Baylor Grapevine delivered more than 2,500 babies," says Susan West, RN, nurse manager of the Baylor Grapevine NICU. "Since this is the hospitals first set of quads, this birth is extra special to us. Our goal is always to deliver quality care to all our patients, adults and tiny little ones like these."
About Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine is a full-service, fully-accredited not-for-profit hospital serving residents in more than 20 cities throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Focused on being the best place to give and receive quality, safe and compassionate care, Baylor Grapevine works to lead the transformation of health care. The 314-bed hospital offers advanced medical services for cardiovascular services, women's services, oncology, neurology, spine care, orthopedics, diagnostic imaging, neonatal intensive care, intensive and emergency care.
(Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine or Baylor Health Care System.)
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