Melissa and her husband, Bill.
Having never given birth before and with her husband 1.5 hours away at work, Melissa was terrified as she was wheeled into the operating room for a C-section. The three physician residents did everything they could to explain exactly what was happening during the birth process and make Melissa feel comfortable and safe. “They were incredibly smart and talked to me like a person so I understood what was happening. One resident even hugged me and said that everything would be okay,” said Melissa.
Within a matter of minutes on April 17, 2013 – 5:32, 5:33, 5:34, 5:35 p.m. – Melissa became a proud mother of healthy quadruplets born at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. She was now the mother of two boys – Luca (3 pounds 8 ounces) and Tate (2 pounds 15 ounces) and two girls – Kenzie (3 pounds 11 ounces) and Taylor (2 pounds 9 ounces).
Due to the babies coming eight weeks early they were required to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until they could gain weight and learn how to eat and breath at the same time. During their time in the NICU, Melissa and her husband learned lot about the care of preemies.
And then after five weeks, the day finally came when Melissa could bring the babies home. “I was so happy and thrilled that my babies would finally be coming home, but I was also scared. I was not only a first time mom, but a first time mom to quadruplets, and a first time mom to preemies. Our doctor also wanted to monitor the babies’ heartbeat and breathing so we were coming home with apnea monitors – so that was another concern,” said Melissa.
“The first day I was home I got a call from the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association. They told me they would be sending a nurse to come out twice a week to check on the babies. I literally hung up the phone and jumped for joy. What a relief to know that I would be getting that help again.”
The nurse who would be helping with the quadruplets was Ingrid. Melissa recalled, “She was kind, smart and loved her job. She would come in and immediately reassure me, telling me how the babies look great and how good they were doing. As a first time mom, I was stressed trying to make sure that I was doing everything right. It was a great feeling to have that reassurance from Ingrid.”
Melissa holding all four of her babies: Luca, Tate, Kenzie and Taylor.
“Ingrid would examine the babies and then take time to allow me to ask questions. I remember asking the strangest questions. Ingrid was always so calm and so patient with me. She was also observant. One day, Ingrid noticed that the babies were fussy. She said that wasn’t normal so we quickly went to their doctor and discovered they were suffering from reflux.” After being diagnosed with reflux, Melissa modified her diet and tried a new baby formula.
Melissa remembers being both happy and sad when she learned that her babies no longer needed the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association. Melissa said, “Even though we only needed the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association for a month, it seemed like we had known our nurse for years. It is more than just a nurse who shows up at your house for an hour. It’s so much more for the parents, it’s their life line.”
Now, the one-year-old quadruplets are healthy and growing. They are right on target with other children their age.
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