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A Little Two Early

Almost three months before her twins were due, Kristin van de Geer discovered she was going into labor. “You never think it’s going to happen to you,” she said. “You always believe you’re going to have the perfect delivery. We’re very lucky we came here.”

At the age of 37, with fraternal twins on the way, Kristin and her husband Michael knew that she was at risk for a premature birth. “But you never think it’s going to be you,” says Kristin. “Then three months ahead of schedule, I started going into labor.”

Kristin came to Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, where the doctors put her on immediate bedrest. Three days later, the babies decided they were coming. Sophia was born at 7:04 a.m., weighing only 2 lbs. 5 oz. One minute later, brother Damian was born, weighing 3 lbs. 1 oz. While Kristin could go home in a few days, the preemies made their home in the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for two months, where they grew to be as strong as babies born at full term.

“At the time, it’s so hard…to have to ‘visit’ your babies,” says Kristin. “It’s not what I expected, not having two beautiful babies in my arms. I was angry, I was sad. But at the same time, I was so thankful that they’re here and alive.

“Now, we look back and think of what an amazing, incredible time it was. The superior knowledge, the people who work there — you can just tell that they love their jobs and that this is their passion. We’re so happy to have known them.”

Today the twins are 16 months old. “We got through this because of this hospital,” says Kristin. “They are lucky, lucky babies. And we are lucky, lucky parents.”

How You Can Help

Interested in helping preemies in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit? Contact the Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Foundation at (240) 826-6570 to learn more about our giving opportunities and how your gracious contribution can be best directed to help.

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