For Immediate Release: May 5, 2016
Robin and Joseph Swift, of Margate, will celebrate being parents of triplets this Mother's Day. The babies were born seven weeks early on April 12 in the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Mainland Campus. The first of the three babies to be born, Stella, left the hospital today. She has five additional siblings waiting for her at home.
Stella entered the world at 12:40 a.m. weighing 4 pounds, 1.7 ounces. Jake followed at 12:41 a.m., weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Slade made his arrival at 12:42 a.m., weighing 5 pounds, 7ounces. The babies have been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Center for Childbirth since their births.
"I was already in shock over knowing we were having our sixth baby," said Mrs. Swift. "My husband had to work on the day I had my ultrasound that showed we were having triplets. I texted him, 'They saw three.' He texted back, 'Three what?'"
All of the Swift's other children – including Bryn, 10; Brooke, nine; Sloan, who will be seven on Mother's Day; Joseph, Jr., four; and Sean, two – were also born at the Center for Childbirth. Salvatore Carfagno, DO, delivered all but the oldest.
"Our other kids are so excited to have three more babies in the family," said Mrs. Swift. She added, "When we told them we were having three, Bryn thanked us. She was so happy to have two more brothers and a sister. It was so cute."
"We had a great experience with labor and delivery each time," said Mrs. Swift. "Everyone was very professional and attentive. Having a baby can be scary and stressful. The nurses help to explain everything so that you can focus on the baby or babies."
"We are very pleased with the NICU team," added Mr. Swift, who comes from a big family. He is the seventh of eight children.
Neonatologists from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who work solely at ARMC, and ARMC neonatal nurses, have cared for the babies in ARMC's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit since the day they were born.
"Because they were born seven weeks early, the babies needed extra breathing support for their premature lungs and help with learning how to suck, swallow, and breathe in a coordinated fashion," said Jennifer Tioseco, MD, CHOP neonatologist and medical director, ARMC NICU. "They have each also required an isolette, which helped keep them warm for a few weeks as they grew."
"This is the first time we had babies in the NICU. We were not sure what to expect," said Mrs. Swift. "A few weeks before we delivered, Dr. Tioseco gave us a tour and we had a meeting about what to expect. This gave us reassurance that the babies would be in the best place to grow and get bigger so we could bring them home when they were ready."
"I assumed Brooke, my nine-year-old, understood that we were having three babies at the same time," said Mrs. Swift. "At the end of my pregnancy I took her to an ultrasound. She could not believe what she was seeing on the screen. She came home and reported to the other children, 'There was so much in Mommy's belly - arms legs and three heads!'"
"The babies definitely have their own personalities," said Mrs. Swift. "They are each one of a kind. The boys are identical and sometimes I have a hard time telling them apart. They make a lot of the same expressions and definitely will keep us guessing as they get older."
Mrs. Swift says what has surprised her most about having triplets, is, "feeling like a first-time mom. When you have multiple babies at the same time, the pregnancy, gear and routine with newborns are completely different."
About the ARMC NICU
AtlantiCare's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is staffed by CHOP neonatologists and experienced registered nurses. ARMC's NICU provides babies born prematurely or with medical complications at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center or other regional community hospitals the care they need, close to home and family. The Center for Childbirth provides a room where parents can stay overnight, if they choose.
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