Thanks to an unexpected twist, The VIA Maternity Center of Doylestown Hospital delivered a special experience for this family.
When the ultrasound showed that Ryan Nase and his wife, Katie, were expecting twins, he couldn't hide his emotions.
"It was like he had scored the winning touchdown," said Katie.
Unfortunately, excitement later turned to frustration. As Katie's pregnancy progressed, she and Ryan were disappointed when the prenatal care they received didn't meet their needs. That's when the Northeast Philadelphia couple made the decision to try Doylestown Hospital. A teacher in Warminster, Katie's family in Bucks County recommended she try an ob/gyn practice associated with the Hospital.
More than a month before her due date, Katie went in for a routine prenatal test. Melanie Ware, DO, an ob/gyn on staff at Doylestown Hospital, discovered her blood pressure had skyrocketed due to preeclampsia. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious — even fatal — complications for mother and baby. The only remedy for this condition is to deliver the baby, so Dr. Ware informed Katie that it was time to deliver her twins.
Six weeks premature, the babies could not wait. Katie had never even been inside Doylestown Hospital before.
Both she and Ryan were scared and unprepared. Their minds would soon be put at ease thanks to the expertise, personalized care and attention she received.
"It turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to us," said Katie.
Born on April 23, Kalynn weighed in at 5 pounds 4 ounces while brother Cadence weighed just over 3 pounds. They each spent over a week in the Intensive Care Nursery at Doylestown Hospital.
"The doctors were great. They went over everything with us. I really liked working with them," said Katie.
When it was time to start breastfeeding, Katie was supported and encouraged by the nurses. "Learning to feed a 3 pound 15 ounce baby was nerve wracking at first, but the nurses really helped. They were phenomenal."
Nurses brought the twins to see Katie throughout the day and even in the middle of the night. "They worked around our schedule," Katie said.
A few months later, with the twins doing well and weighing more than 10 pounds each, the couple reflected about the rather unexpected turn of events.
"We had such a great experience," Ryan said. "Luckily we found Doylestown Hospital."
About the VIA Maternity Center
Doylestown Health’s VIA Maternity Center is rated among the best in the region for maternity care with services available for every stage of pregnancy through the birth experience. The VIA Maternity Center features a 32-bed maternity unit that includes 9 labor, delivery & recovery rooms, 22 private post-partum rooms, and a Level II NICU staffed by CHOP neonatologists.
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