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When all that matters is...

...three healthy cies.

Within a week after learning she was pregnant, Jennifer Clapp-Bennett got an even bigger surprise. Triplets. The culmination of Jennifer’s pregnancy - tracked in a National Geographic TV special - took place here at Shady Grove with the healthy birth of her three “tiny, fragile babies.”

Jennifer waited for the first cry, then the second. “It seemed an hour until I heard the third guy. And then, finally, I knew everybody was okay.” It was February 22, 2006, and after 33½ weeks of pregnancy, Jennifer gave birth to Ashton, Roman, and Colten.

The boys were healthy, and at just under five pounds each, larger than most triplets. Jennifer did so well largely because of her Shady Grove-affiliated obstetrician, Dr. Thomas Pinckert, who was able to prolong her pregnancy many more weeks than most triplet pregnancies. A specialist in complicated and high risk pregnancies, Dr. Pinckert also brings to Shady Grove the ability to do sophisticated procedures such as in utero blood transfusions and bladder stenting.

Jennifer’s newborns still had to put on some weight, though, and stayed for two weeks in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after she went home. Our NICU is rated Level III-B, which means it is specially staffed and equipped to provide continuous life support and care for infants born after less than 28 weeks gestation or under 1000 grams, and infants born with a complex, critical illness. Thanks to community support, Shady Grove was recently able to bring a Stat Pager System to our NICU, a system that keeps nurses constantly connected to infants’ vital signs.

Hard as it was for Jennifer to leave the triplets, our NICU nurses helped make it less trying. “I felt so safe trusting my babies to them. I felt they truly loved my boys.” Our Shady Grove team was able to get Jennifer and her boys off to a great start. Today, the triplets are car-loving, park-playing, non-stop toddlers, who turn every event into a huge production — every minute of which Jennifer, the self-proclaimed over-achiever, loves. “Maybe that’s why God gave me triplets,” she says. “He knew I could handle them!”

How You Can Help

Interested in helping patients like Ashton, Roman, and Colten and all the other children being treated 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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