GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine welcomed its first-ever set of quadruplets on Monday.
The babies started arriving at 1:58 p.m. and included one boy and three girls — Brooks (3 pounds 11 ounces), Sadie (2 pounds 15 ounces), Elle (3 pounds 6 ounces) and Ivy (3 pounds 5 ounces). Those last two are identical twins, and parents Anna and Joshua Hall of Fort Worth could not be more proud of their latest bundles of joy.
“We feel very blessed to welcome these four new children into our family,” said the father, who also celebrated his own birthday on Monday. The family already has two other girls, ages 2 and 4.
“It was an exciting afternoon here,” added hospital president Steve Newton. “What made it even more exciting is to see how efficiently our team worked to deliver the hospital’s first set of quadruplets.”
Nurse manager Susan West said that the hospital delivered more than 2,500 babies last year. “Since this is the hospital’s first set of quads,” West said, “this birth is extra special to us.”
According to Sherry Kappler, medical director of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, average quads are born at about 29.5 weeks. “Hall was able to reach almost 32 weeks, which was great news for the babies,” Kappler said. The mother had been on bed rest at the hospital since 26 weeks and five days.
A full-term baby is born between 37 and 42 weeks of gestation. Anything prior to that is considered premature. About 10 percent of all newborns require special monitoring in the NICU, making sure that they are breathing, feeding and developing properly.
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