MURRAY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – We continue our series on miracle babies and their survival.
In part two, a rare look as the team of doctors and nurses prepare and help deliver triplets at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Intermountain Medical Center.
Our cameras were rolling during the live birth of the Petersen triplets.
Josh and Brittany Petersen from Saratoga Springs were preparing for the births thinking they had plenty of time, but the babies had other plans.
More than 2 dozen doctors, nurses, and technicians stand at the ready with adrenaline racing and the anticipation that three babies are about to enter the world.
Brittany Petersen with her babies are in the next room getting prepped while the nurses at the ‘pass,’ wait anxiously for the vocal signal.
Baby A comes out with a weak cry, gasping for air.
The second ‘catcher’ as they call it, moves in while Baby A is transferred to another room.
Seconds later Baby B makes his debut.
Then it’s Baby C’s turn. She’s the last and only girl of the bunch.
The babies are out. All three need help catching their breath.
Alice Adams, Nurse, “in this case they needed a little bit of help. Every baby had a respiratory therapist, nurse, technician, pharmacist…”
An hour goes by, the nurses continue to stabilize the babies.”
It’s time for daddy’s first visit in the NICU.
“oh so little, Holy cow! He’s adorable.”
Josh Petersen visits each baby to get an update.
Nurse, “we’re giving extra fluid. We’re going to give sugar and fluids.”
Josh Petersen, “I feel like I’m going to cry.”
Josh Facetimes with Brittany. It’s mom’s turn to see the babies for the first time since the delivery.
“Ooh cute, he’s adorable so cute.”
Two days later, we get the entire Petersen family together.
Brittany Petersen, Mother, “you see and you know it’s going to happen. Until it actually happens it doesn’t register but when they’re here it’s a shock. It’s a blessing.”
The parents are given word that the babies will have to stay in the NICU for at least 2 weeks.
That’s fairly short, compared to some parents who are in there for several months…
In part 3 of our report, we look at how moms and dads care for their babies and how the nurses, doctors and staff at Intermountain Medical Center keep them alive.