Daughters delivered by Caesarean section in U.S. hospital
Two-year-old Calgarian Simon Jepp may have wanted another brother or sister, but he got much more than he bargained for after his mom Karen delivered identical quadruplets in Great Falls, Mont., last Sunday.
Karen and J.P. Jepp of Calgary are the proud parents of four daughters: Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia. The four girls are breathing without ventilators and the hospital has them listed in “good condition.”
“Karen and I are excited to welcome four healthy, beautiful girls into our family. The pregnancy has been an absolute roller-coaster of emotion for us, and we’re thrilled our girls are finally here and that all are well,” J.P. said in a prepared release.
The quads were delivered by Caesarean section at 31 weeks between 2:31 and 2:35 p.m. on Aug. 12 at the Benefis Hospital in Great Falls, according to a Calgary Health Region spokesperson. They weighed between 2 lbs., 6 oz and 2 lbs., 15 oz.
The four were not delivered in Calgary because the Foothills Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was over-capacity at the time Karen entered the hospital with labour symptoms.
Canadian hospitals were contacted before the decision to send the family to the nearest U.S. neo-natal centre was made.
“We couldn’t be more excited for her,” said the CHR’s Dr. Ian Lange, regional clinical department head of obstetrics and gynecology.
“This is an amazingly rare event, with only about one in 13 million births occurring as naturally-conceived identical quadruplets. Even rarer, only about 10 per cent of those women get to this point — carrying all four to 31 weeks three days and delivering with virtually no medical complications. We are extremely pleased with how well everyone is doing.”