The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) triage room was all a twitter the last weekend of February with five sets of twins, the most it’s ever held at once. It was a long 36 hours for Alison Conway, Department Manager of the NICU. February was a big month for twins and it was the first time the NICU had five sets of twins at one time.
“This past month we’ve had four sets of twins off and on and we just hit our record with five,” said Conway.
The NICU normally holds an average of 10 babies but the staff was in awe over a total of 17 in the unit at one time. Among those is the Nestor family who introduced Thaddeus Drew and Shepherd Kingston Nestor Sunday, February 27 just before 4 a.m. The Nestor twins are a big excitement not only for the parents but the twins’ big brothers at home, Cale-3 and Megersa-18 months who are anxiously waiting to meet their little brothers.
Nearby is the MacConnell family who introduced Annalise Nina and Alexandra Lynne MacConnell. The family is very excited because the new members of the family are expected to leave the hospital any day now. Since the twins’ birth, their names were kept secret from the family. Proud mother Jamie Skena says, “Their middle names are family names. Nina after their grandmother and Lynne which is my middle name.”
Just a curtain away are the Stull twins Sean Michael Jr. and Cayden Patrick Stull who were born February 21. Their mother anxiously waits to hold them, a chance that comes only once a day. Sporting blue and lounging in their beds, all the twins want to do is sleep and explore their limited surroundings.
One of the downfalls of having premature labor for mothers is that some of the mothers missed their baby showers. Katie Nestor, mother of Thaddeus and Shepherd explained how she was put on bed rest the week of her party. Mother of the Stull twins also delivered without a baby shower but was not worried. “They have so many clothes; people have been giving them to us from the start.”
Conway said there are specific things the baby has to be able to do on their own before they leave the hospital: they need to be able to take food by mouth; they need to be able to sleep in an open crib; and they need to be able to gain weight consistently.