When Wende King went in for a routine ultrasound at 23 weeks pregnant, she wasn’t expecting to stay. But the expectant mother of twins was told by her Kaiser Permanente physician that she would have to be monitored at the hospital until the babies were born.
Wende and her husband were scared. “The statistics for a premature baby born at 23 weeks and a day were very grim,” Wende said. “It was a 97 percent chance of death or severe malady.”
But under the care of her Kaiser Permanente care team, Wende was able to keep the babies in until 28 weeks. The extra five weeks greatly enhanced the twins’ chances of survival, but the premature babies were born at under three pounds.
The twins were kept in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for monitoring, and were released six weeks later. “They’ve quadrupled their weight in a very short time,” Wende said. “They’re thriving—they’re not even on the preemie charts any longer. They’re just like regular newborn daughters.”
Wende and her husband Jimmy are very thankful for their care team, who did everything they could to ensure the newborns were healthy and connected to their parents, even in the Intensive Care Unit.
“There’s a real strong comfort level knowing that even if you’re in a risky situation, everyone’s got your back,” Wende said. “If this is going to happen to anybody, anywhere, this is the place to be, and these are the people to be with.”