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RNSH welcomes healthy quadruplets

For the first time in 25 years, Royal North Shore Hospital welcomed a set of healthy quadruplets in early December.

“I’m on cloud nine at the moment,” said new mum Taylah Tudehope-Glachan as she and husband Sean nursed Archie, Charlie, Billy and Daisy in the neo natal intensive care unit.

The quadruplets – whose names correspond to the letters ABCD —arrived via a planned C-section at 31 and half weeks. This remarkable event involved a dedicated team of midwives, nurses, obstetricians, neonatologists, and anaesthetists.

Each baby had their own medical team and at one point, Taylah and Sean counted 40 people in the delivery room.

“It was a well-oiled machine in there,” said Taylah. “It was a very calm and controlled environment.”

“We’re just very thankful we were able to have them in such an incredible hospital,” she said.

It has been a massive team effort. I don’t think we would be in the position we are in without the team here. They made miracles happen and we are very lucky to have them.
new mum Taylah Tudehope-Glachan

The couple, both schoolteachers from the Central Coast, began their journey with the hospital when their babies were ten weeks gestation. Taylah was admitted at 24 weeks.

“It’s been hard but made a lot easier knowing that a lot of skilled people were behind the scenes working really hard to make sure we had healthy babies,” she said.

Husband Sean looked content as he nursed two of the babies next to Taylah. “It’s been amazing. It’s been a long journey and we’re just starting the next chapter, which is very exciting.”

Dr Karen Mizia, head of department of maternal medicine at RNSH oversaw the pregnancy and described it as very “complex”, and one which involved planning, preparations and rehearsals with representatives from several specialities.

Between 30 and 50 people have been involved in Taylah’s care. Given the rarity of quadruplets, with an incidence of 1:700,000 births, the medical teams did everything possible to make sure the pregnancy went as far along as it could.

Karen said the safe delivery at 31.5 weeks was “the hospital at its finest” with a large community of staff coming together to help the family.

“I’m really proud to say that I was part of an incredible team that managed to get such a wonderful outcome for this family.”

Dr Eveline Straub, the head of department neonatology, said there has been a real “buzz” around the quadruplets.

“We have been cheering her [Taylah ] on every week.” She said when the four babies finally arrived, they needed very little support.

“They are actually beautiful, uncomplicated babies,” she said. “Everyone is just so delighted about the outcome.”

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