As the mothers of triplets born within days of each other in spring 2010 at Danbury Hospital, Jennifer DiLorenzo and Amy Geoghegan have learned that friendships can bloom even in the most unlikely places such as the Spratt Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Their two sets of triplets – Jared, Gemma and Ariella DiLorenzo and John, Edward and Keri Geoghegan – spent the first critical weeks of life in Danbury Hospital’s NICU with around-the-clock care. Today, the six one-year-olds are happy and thriving as the two families juggle the demands of raising triplets. They survived the trying time thanks to support from family and friends, along with specialists who managed their high-risk pregnancies, and the neonatologists and neonatal nurses who cared for their fragile newborns.
With a program nationally ranked in the top 5 percent for excellence in women’s health and one of two Level IIIb NICUs in the state, Danbury Hospital offers a comprehensive range of medical and nursing care in obstetrics, gynecology, anesthesiology, maternal-fetal medicine, neonatalogy and pediatrics. Reopened in 2011, a new $8 million state-of-the-art NICU treats newborns as young as 23 weeks gestation, offering private patient rooms to accommodate newborns and family members. The team of specialists can mobilize at a moment’s notice and is available in labor and delivery 24 hours a day to respond to patient needs. More than 2,100 babies are born annually at Danbury Hospital.
It was a long road home for both families. The Geoghegan triplets were born at 32 weeks. All three babies came home after 37 days. The DiLorenzo triplets were born just shy of 34 weeks. After roughly four weeks, the babies were home in time for Father’s Day.
Both mothers agree that having someone to share the ups and downs of so many babies – arriving early and so small – made their arrival a little less traumatic than going it alone. Now, there is little time to worry. Life is full for the families of these six young toddlers – no doubt with triple the fun for everyone!