One of the risky things about quads is that they always deliver prematurely, somewhere around 30 weeks plus or minus a few. That means a NICU stay is inevitable. Of course the NICU can be a scary place. The positive side of having quads that will go to the NICU is knowing they will go there. Many parents whose babies are in the NICU did not expect it, but we have some time to prepare for what lies ahead. We have also learned that parents can choose what NICU their babies are admitted to. We are fortunate that Cook Children’s Hospital is nearby and just opened a new level III NICU wing this past September. We toured it this Saturday to learn more about it. The NICU nurse warned us that we would have to act like “pit bulls” to insist that they go to Cook Children’s rather than our delivery hospital (as they have their own NICU), but we will do what we need to do to make that happen. George was blunt about it and basically got the nurse to tell us it was about hospital revenue. I don’t care about the hospital’s bottom line, this is our babies!
Cook Children’s is unique in their approach, which I appreciate. They highly regard parent involvement and want us to be there providing care to the babies as much as we can. In fact, the babies will be together in the quad suite and there are parent beds so we can stay too. In other NICUs they could be in separate nurseries and would be with other infants. If my babies are in a NICU, I want to be with them as much as I can and they will really make this possible. We also felt better seeing how despite all the medical equipment housed there, it was not terribly clinical. Everything is warm and personalized so we will feel comfortable. George thought a tour wasn’t necessary since we’ll have plenty of time to get acquainted with the NICU, but he was really impressed with the facility. We were so happy we took this tour, because the NICU is one less thing to worry over. We know they will get the best care, which will mean the best possible outcome, and that makes me rest better!