One Coweta mother is celebrating a bit early this holiday season with the arrival of not one, but four very special gifts: quadruplets.
Three boys and one girl were delivered Dec. 16 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, making history for the local medical center and making Kortney and Justin Miller the proud parents of five little ones.
“We are so excited and blessed to have four healthy babies,” said Kortney following the cesarean section delivery. “We can’t wait to go with them on their journey as they grow and progress.”
The Millers conceived the multiples naturally, meaning Kortney became pregnant with quadruplets without the aid of medical fertility drugs. The couple noted that though multiple births have occurred several times within the family’s history, their three sons and daughter are the first set of quadruplets.
According to medical professionals at Piedmont, the hospital’s women’s services team was notified of Kortney’s pregnancy at just 16 weeks, one week into the mother-to-be’s second trimester of pregnancy. A team of experts including physicians, obstetricians, neonatologists, nurse practitioners and nurses was gathered in addition to respiratory specialists, the pharmacy, blood bank, radiology and an engineering team.
The group, also known as the “Quad Squad” was given weekly updates on Kortney’s progress in order to prepare for the impending birth. The team held weekly meetings and participated in two practice deliveries in the months before the quadruplets arrived.
Kortney was not placed on bedrest prior to the birth of the babies. The delivery team and her obstetrician hoped the pregnancy would progress to at least 27 weeks. The team planned to deliver the quadruplets between then and 34 weeks of pregnancy.
The Coweta mother-to-be continued a healthy pregnancy and reached 29 weeks before noticing a change, which led her to her obstetrician Friday. Kortney learned that she was in labor and was admitted to Piedmont Newnan where the delivery team was notified immediately.
“Things could not have gone better,” said Dr. Adegboyega Aderibigbe, a neonatologist at Piedmont Newnan’s Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “Everyone knew what to expect and when the day arrived, we had a few hours’ notice and everything went smoothly, thanks to the Quad Squad’s teamwork.”
Piedmont Newnan obstetrician, Dr. Heather Turner, delivered the Millers’ son Brentlee in 2013, and planned to deliver the couple’s quadruplets as well.
The procedure was scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. The Miller babies were delivered at 1:41 p.m., 1:42 p.m., 1:43 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Each baby weighed approximately three pounds. Baby Brandon, the largest of the four infants was delivered first, followed by his brothers Braydon and Bryant. The only female, Kenlee, arrived last.
“It was a special and joyful experience to share in the care of the Miller quadruplets,” said Turner. “I am so proud to have been a part of the team effort involved. The Level 3 NICU and medical expertise at Piedmont Newnan allowed us to welcome our four new Coweta County residents in their hometown. A very special early Christmas present.”
According to the medical team, all babies treated in the NICU are cared for until a series of developmental milestones have been reached, each depending on the infant’s delivery date and condition. Parents are generally told to expect babies to remain in the hospital until at least their full term delivery date.
Kortney is recovering well following the birth and is excited to follow her infants’ growth and development.
“Everyone has been amazing, from the doctors to the hospital staff," said Kortney. "It has been a wonderful experience and we are so thankful to have so much family support."