On November 1, Mary Voelcker, of Kent County, gave birth to the second set of quadruplets ever born at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC).
The babies are the hospital’s second quadruplet delivery, and they are the thirteenth “multiples” delivery (three or more babies) in five years for the hospital. The last large multiple birth was quintuplets in 2008. In 2010, there were 313 quadruplet births in the U.S.
“The procedure went very well. It was uncomplicated,” said Anthony Moorman, M.D., one of the OB/GYNs who delivered the babies. “The mother, babies and Dad are all doing well. It was very reassuring to hear each of those babies cry.”
It took a team of 20 nurses and six staff members and doctors, to complete the delivery and care for the babies.
The two boys and two girls were delivered over a two-minute period starting at 1:53 p.m. Their weights range from 2 lbs. 6 oz. to 4 lbs. 10 oz. and lengths from 14.5 to 17 inches. Voelcker delivered the children at 32 weeks and 4 days gestation. She had been hospitalized for two weeks prior to the delivery. Typical single pregnancies last 40 weeks; for quadruplets, the average is 29.3 weeks.
Moorman said premature, high-risk babies stay under the hospital’s care for a period of time after birth. He said the Voelcker babies will remain in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the next few weeks.
Voelcker’s husband is a twin, so he expected the possibility of a multiple birth but was shocked to learn his wife was pregnant with quadruplets. The couple learned they were pregnant with quadruplets at an eight-week sonogram. The Voelcker’s also have a 3-year old son.
“Considering the fact that they were born at 32 weeks, they’re doing as well as we would expect,” said Henry Sobel, M.D., chair of the AAMC Women’s and Children’s Services department.