AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – One would think after delivering quadruplets Melissa Reid would be too exhausted to chat. Not so. She talked with CBS4’s Kathy Walsh on Wednesday about the extremely rare births.
The children arrived Monday at the University of Colorado Hospital. They are one in a few million because they were conceived without any fertility treatments.
They are tiny and precious. Mom is a rock star, and dad is delighted. The hope is in 6 to 8 weeks everybody will be home.
Melissa cradled Brinlee Diane who came out 3 pounds, 7 ounces. She was “Baby D” until 3 days ago. That’s when Melissa delivered babies D, C, B and A — all born at 32 1/2 weeks.
“All four came out pink and crying and are doing great,” Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist Dr. Meghan Donnelly said.
Donnelly said the pregnancy has been a wonder for the hospital staff ever since mom checked in, and in the delivery room “Baby A,” Ryder Lee, staged a big surprise.
“I was sitting there and I felt him come out and the doctors were freaking out because they weren’t expecting that, you know,” Melissa said.
“Mr. Ryder didn’t want to wait for us,” Donnelly said.
Ryder’s siblings were more patient, born according to plan by cesarean section — Aela Ann at 4 pounds, 1 ounce; a minute later Kamden Chad, 3 pounds, 2 ounces; and a minute after that Brinlee Diane.
“It was kind of crazy,” Melissa said.
Matt Reid calls his wife awesome. He says having the new babies is exciting, but a little scary.
“I won’t change a diaper right now though … because they’re too small,” Matt said.
The babies have no medical complications. Doctors say they just need to eat and grow before they can go home to Dove Creek and meet their five other siblings. In the meantime mom can rest and recover — for now.
The Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health (CIMFH), a partnership among University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine, offers mothers, babies and their families comprehensive care and treatment before, during and after routine and high risk pregnancies.
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