Local hospital celebrating NICU level 3 designation welcomes first triplets
Good things come in threes
WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Amid celebrations of being recognized as a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) facility, a Waco hospital is welcoming its first triplets of the year.
“When you think of that deliver day, NICU is in nobody’s plans,” said Katie Carter, Charge Nurse at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. “But what we can provide is the closest ‘plan B’ that we can.”
BSW-Hillcrest has now been designated a Level 3 NICU hospital.
Carter says they’re proud to be able to take care of babies 23 weeks and up.
“We can admit and care for babies much younger than a Level 2 designation and much more sick, requiring much more respiratory support,” Carter explained.
Carter was working in the NICU on May 24, the day Rebecca Moseley, 31, of Hewitt, gave birth to her triplets seven weeks early.
“They prepared me for what to expect with triplets, they also told me about the risks,” said Moseley. “I think the entire C-section was 31 minutes long for triplets.”
She said the boys came a week before her scheduled C-section--faster than they’d planned.
They needed to be admitted into the NICU.
“It’s kind of scary, though, when your kid is in the NICU, you don’t know what to expect,” said Moseley.
Luckily, she says, there was a NICU hospital nearby.
“When I first found out it was triplets, I thought I was going to have to deliver in Temple or in Austin and that was terrifying,” said Moseley. “It was great to be able to have a facility here to deliver and that’s five minutes from my house.”
One of the best parts of the hospital’s NICU was the 24-hour access to parents, she says.
“We could go in and see them whenever we wanted,” said Moseley.
Carter was one of the first people to get to hold the triplets and worked with the parents until the last baby, Duke, was sent home Tuesday.
“To see that bond form with them and their kiddos is really special to watch,” said Carter.
Now their bond continues at home where it’s an ‘all hands on deck’ situation: extended family and a doula are helping the new parents care for the baby boys--Houston, Sawyer and Duke.
“We thought our biggest baby would be the first to come home--it was actually our smallest,” said Moseley.
Moseley describes the experience as a ‘whirlwind’.
She had a rough pregnancy where she suffered from gestational diabetes, anemia, and PUPPP rash.
Now she’s just thankful to be able to enjoy the boys at home where they are happy and healthy.
She had advice for future parents of multiples.
“Hang on, it’s a wild ride,” said Moseley. “You can find doctors here who have experience delivering multiples, do your research, and don’t be scared.”
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