Medical Center Welcomes High Risk Babies

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The Medical Center is now able to keep parents and high-risk newborns, together after birth.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, we told you about triplets being born at The Medical Center for the first time since the 1970’s.

The delivery was made possible because of the partnership between The Medical Center and Vanderbilt’s Neonatology in August of 2006.

The hospital enhanced its ability to care for newborns with conditions such as premature birth infection and respiratory problems.

Meet Addie, Chloe and Braden Harvey. They were born last Sunday night, Feb. 4, 2007, at 11:28 p.m., 11:29 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Kathy gave birth to her babies at 33-and-a-half weeks.

“We were hoping they could stay here but most of them get shipped to Vandy,” employee, Samantha Scott said, but the triplets were able to stay at The Medical Center close to home with their parents.

In the past, when a high risk baby was born at The Medical Center the newborn would be stabilized and transported to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.

“We’ve purchased a lot of equipment, ventilators, monitors, space light monitors ... so there’s lots of technology involved. We’ve worked with labs, x-ray ... all of the different departments in the hospital are upgraded to be able to take care of our babies,” Scott said.

The Medical Center’s deontologists also went through lots of training and specialize in infant care.

Scott said Vanderbilt is classified as a level three nursery and The Medical Center is a level two. So depending on the complications there is still a chance they could be transferred.

“These babies will be fine but all babies could have complications at any point that they could be transferred,” Scott said.

Kathy and her husband, Brad say they are thrilled to keep their babies close to home but are unsure how long her triplets will have to stay in the newborn ICU.

“They’re doing so well on their own that hopefully two weeks or less,” Scott said.