The first set of quadruplets born in Nebraska became a joyful reality for Shalee and Andy McCarter, who utilized fertility treatments to achieve pregnancy. Initially, doctors believed Shalee was carrying triplets, but it wasn’t until her 18-week checkup that an ultrasound revealed she was actually carrying quadruplets.
These four bundles of joy made their entrance into the world at 34 weeks, following 52 days of Shalee’s hospitalization. To ensure the health of both mother and children, doctors performed a cesarean section.
In an astonishingly brief two-minute window, all four babies were born. Shalee recalls the moment, saying, “It flew by. I didn’t even know that she had cut me open, and they were coming. And there was crying, so that was pretty cool.”
Let’s meet the newborns:
- Jack Andrew, weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces, is described by Shalee as easy-going and laid-back.
- Emmett Axel, weighing 4 pounds, 4.8 ounces, may be the smallest but has the most personality and is quick to signal when he’s hungry.
- Blakelee Kay, weighing 4 pounds, 7.6 ounces, is the family’s little princess, known for her sweetness and calm demeanor.
- Beau Ryan, weighing 4 pounds, 14.3 ounces, is the most relaxed of them all, often found just lying around and even sleeping through his bath.
The successful delivery of these premature quadruplets was a result of a remarkable team effort involving family members, nurses, and doctors. Shalee expresses their gratitude, saying, “We’re so lucky. Yeah, it’s amazing that they are doing so well. It’s really awesome.”
The medical team that handled the quadruplets’ delivery consisted of no fewer than 18 staff members, including doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, clerks, residents, and neonatologists. Dr. Ann Anderson-Berry of the Nebraska Medical Center led this skilled team.
Teresa Berg, MD, the Medical Director of Women’s Services, explained the comprehensive care provided, stating, “We had a NICU team for every baby. We had four warmers. And we didn’t realize it until we got in the room, but the nurses had marked their masks with which baby they had, so the NICU nurses all had a letter on their face masks for who was supposed to take which baby so they didn’t get confused and go to the wrong warmer as they were bringing babies out.”
After spending nearly a month in the newborn intensive care unit, all four babies are now safely at home with their parents and their excited 10-year-old sister, Elle. The family is overjoyed to have everyone together, with Elle already considering Blakelee as her best friend. It’s truly a heartwarming and incredible journey for this Nebraska family.