SARASOTA - There's been a baby boom of multiple proportions at Sarasota Memorial Hospital over the last couple of weeks.
The hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, always bustling, was even more so because of an unlikely coincidence: Two sets of triplets born a week apart, along with three sets of twins born the week before, during and after.
On Friday, the hospital introduced the families of the triplets to each other and to the community. The first set was born to Desiree Chubb and Dean Garati, of Bradenton, on Sept. 30; the second to Tiffany Potter-King and Scott King, of Sarasota, on Oct. 7.
Doctors scheduled caesarian deliveries for both moms at 34 weeks – two weeks better than the national average – to maximize safety and development. Both sets were born without any complications. The families gave credit to their obstetricians and to Sarasota Memorial’s high risk pregancy specialist Felice Baron, MD, for the special care given during their pregnancies and the carefully orchestrated births that followed.
Kyle Garner, MD, cared for Desiree Chubb during her pregnancy and delivered the first set of triplets, while First Physicians Group obstetrician Kelly Hamel, MD, cared for and delivered Tiffany Potter-King’s triplets. Both doctors were assisted in surgery by a team of more than a dozen specialists assembled for a triple birth — including doctors for the mother and each newborn, nurses, anesthesiologists and respiratory therapists.
The Garati girls – Zalea, Zenna and Zoria – weighed about 4 pounds. The King triplets – Ryland, Brecken and McKinley – weighed between 4 and 5 pounds. All were thriving in Sarasota Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – the only Level III intensive care nursery in the four-county region equipped to care for premature and critically ill newborns. A few were preparing to go home starting this week.
Triplets are relatively rare -- about three in every 2,000 births -- and the hospital sees about one set a year, said Felice Baron, director of maternal-fetal medicine at Sarasota Memorial. They almost always arrive prematurely, but this time, health was barely a concern, Baron said. “The fact that they both made it to 34 weeks was pretty fantastic,” she said.
While Sarasota Memorial’s Labor & Delivery team are used to delivering multiples – they have also delivered several sets of quadruplets in the past 10 years – delivering that many multiples in such a short time period, was unusual.
“I've been here for 21 years and we do a lot of multiples, a lot of twins, but as far as I know, we’ve never delivered two sets of triplets in one week,” said Anne Dowd, Clinical Coordinator of Labor & Delivery.
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