WHO: Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Hartman Family
WHAT: Hartman Quads Reunion with Overland Park Regional Medical Center Physicians/Nurses + World Prematurity Day
WHEN: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15, 2018
WHERE: Overland Park Regional Medical Center, 10500 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, Kansas 66215
MEDIA: Go to lobby hospital to meet Christine Hamele for escort to event.
WHY: Louisburg residents and grateful parents Kaitlin and Josh Hartman will load up the car on Thursday afternoon and take their four bundles of joy back to Overland Park Regional Medical Center—where the quadruplets spent the first two months of their tiny lives—for a mini reunion.
Born on November 17, 2017—coincidentally on World Prematurity Day—the babies were premature after just 30 weeks and one day in the womb and 67 days of hospitalized bed rest for Kaitlin in the Overland Park Regional Medical Center Antepartum Unit. Because of the extremely high-risk nature of her pregnancy and subsequent stress on the babies, Kaitlin slept in an upside-down position for 67 days.
“I became known as the upside-down patient,” Kaitlin laughs. “The nurses and my doctors were so vigilant and compassionate—I can’t imagine going through the experience again without that attentive, nurturing, high-quality care.”
Teagan—the oldest by two minutes, weighing 3 pounds 1.9 ounces and 15 inches long; Ainsley, the third born at 2 pounds 3 ounces and 13-¾ inches; Sadie, the fourth born at 2 pounds 4 ounces and 15 inches long; and boy Braylon, the second born at 2 pounds 14.5 ounces and 15 inches long—gained strength in the hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit under the watchful care of experienced NICU nurses and physician specialists.
When Kaitlin became pregnant after injected hormone treatments—a miracle since, as a teenager, she was told that because of a severe hormonal imbalance, her chances were slim of one day becoming pregnant—she and Josh researched Kansas City specialists for the high-risk pregnancy. The couple found perinatologists and specialists in maternal-fetal medicine, Brent Finley, M.D., and Tracey A. Cowles, M.D., at Overland Park Regional Medical Center; they in turn brought in Rabiya Suleman, M.D., a board-certified OB-GYN at Overland Park, to the complex case.
“It’s truly a joy and a blessing to celebrate this momentous occasion with Kaitlin, Josh and the quads,” says Dr. Finley. “The Hartmans’ experienced a rare phenomenon known as spontaneous quads—each baby had their own placenta. The odds for a couple to have four babies are one in 2.5 million. The team here in the Overland Park Regional Medical Center NICU is honored that the couple entrusted us with their precious babies. It’s wonderful that, one year following their premature birth, they are thriving. We have some surprises in place to help them celebrate their first birthday, but most importantly, our physicians and staff are excited to be reunited with the babies.”