Johnston-Willis Hospital NICU and high-risk services

(gentle music) – My name is Tyrhem McGhee. – My name is Marlique Colden. – [Both] And we had our
triplets at Johnston-Willis. – So this is Milani, this is
Malaya, and that’s Maverick. Malaya is the oldest,
Milani is the middle, and Maverick, he’s the baby. – The McGhee triplets
were an interesting case. In her case, she had actually, two eggs that were fertilized. One split into another two,
giving her what we would call a tri-amniotic, meaning three sacs but two of those fetuses shared a placenta and that presents a special
case because monochorionic or same placenta twins or
triplets have an increased risk of sharing blood vessels within a placenta and there can be an
either a mismatch of that that could result in losing
one or both of those fetuses and so what we do is
increase our surveillance and try as much as possible
to get as much time out of the babies or as much
time out of the pregnancy in an effort to minimize
the effects of prematurity. – I was here for like
two months on bed-rest so I became friends with everybody
and everybody was loving, caring, helpful, always
giving good advice, so it was a great experience here. – We got her close to about
the time where most triplets deliver, right around 33
weeks and so she actually delivered at 31 weeks. – When they were born, they
went straight to the NICU. I didn’t get to hold them
so that was the hardest part but other than that, all
the nurses were great, the doctors were great,
they were very informative, telling us, you know, what was going on. – [Darshna] I think that
they have a wonderful system in place here that allows
nurses to really get to know their patients ’cause
they spend almost all day, over 12 hours, each day with the patients and as well as the care providers to get to know the families
so that the families feel that even if they’re not
here, someone’s really caring about their babies and
who are looking out for them. – It was a sad relief to
actually meet everyone in the NICU staff and
just, just understanding they were just so
delightful and so lovely. – I guess it was kinda like
a, a blessing and a curse having them in there
because I got to learn, being a first time mom,
about like, little things that I didn’t know. – One of the wonderful
things here is that we have an interdisciplinary team so
it’s not just physician-driven. There’s physicians, there’s
nurses, there’s social workers, physical therapists, speech
language pathologists, nutritionists, and pharmacists
and we all work together as a team to really help
make this an experience for the families that’s
really supportive, nurturing, and prepares them to take their baby home. – We were fresh parents you
know, so for them to actually sit back and say, this is what
you do, this is what you do, this is what you don’t do. When you have the hiccups,
swallow, you know, it’s just for them to walk us step by step through that process is amazing. – I really enjoy spending
time and doing service here both at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis. I think it’s really nice
to be in a level three high-quality center
that’s in the community because as provider, you
get to know these families, spend time with them and get
to see these babies go home so its been really nice.

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