Triplets Ruby Elizabeth, William Lee and Savannah Grace made their debut on Friday, May 4 and promptly not only stole the hearts of their parents Neely and Trey Kneggs, but also of the physicians and staff at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake when they became the first set of triplets delivered in the hospital’s 53-year history. Born at 11:59 a.m., noon and 12:01 p.m., and weighing 4 pounds 12 ounces, 4 pounds 6 ounces and 5 pounds1 ounce, respectively, the triplets are doing well and all went home together only eleven days following their birth.
“Neely did so well throughout her entire pregnancy,” said James Schermerhorn, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. “I was fortunate to work with Dr. Nicole Yost, maternal-fetal medicine specialist also on the hospital’s medical staff. Together we monitored Neely’s health and the health of the triplets. This was a memorable event for the hospital and mother alike. Planning for their delivery was a team effort with the safety and health of mom and children paramount.”
In addition to preparations for the Kneggs triplets before their delivery, proud parents Neely and Trey started getting things ready for their babies at home. They set up three cribs, made arrangements for family members to come stay when the babies first come home, bought a minivan, and talked with their 20-month-old son Bryan about being a big brother.
“Bryan doesn’t really understand what is going on right now, but we are taking things day by day and I am able to spend time with him at home when I’m not at the hospital with the babies,” says Neely Kneggs. “We chose to have our triplets at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, because I had delivered Bryan there and all the nursing staff and everyone were like family taking care of us. So when it was time to have the triplets, there was no other choice for us. Dr. Schermerhorn has been my doctor for years and I wanted him to deliver these babies at Doctors Hospital too.”
Before having the triplets, Neely worked full time until she was about 31-weeks pregnant as a special education teacher at an elementary school in Mesquite. She experienced no complications during her pregnancy except for getting an intestinal bug about one week before delivery that landed her in the hospital with dehydration. The Cesarean section was scheduled after a routine ultrasound showed that the placenta for William was not functioning properly. She says her husband Trey, an electrician, was a little nervous at first about being a father to triplets, “but now the girls have him wrapped around their little fingers.”
Dr. Schermerhorn and maternal-fetal medicine specialists Drs. Nicole Yost and Kevin Magee worked closely together to ensure the health of both mother and babies. “Prenatal care is always important, especially for a high risk patient, to make sure the babies are growing properly and their organ systems are functioning the way they should,” said Dr. Schermerhorn. “In my 27 years of practice, this was the first set of triplets presenting to my office. Previously, I would have taken Neely to a large medical center. It was great to be able to partner with a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and deliver them at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake.”
After delivery the Kneggs triplets were cared for in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. The NICU provides babies like the Kneggs triplets with personalized high-risk care should the need arise.
Maternity services at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake include labor and delivery suites staffed by qualified nurses, recently renovated postpartum suites, and an on-site level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The hospital, which recently received the Aetna Award for Early Elective Delivery Infant Safety Programs, offers educational classes to help families prepare for the arrival of their new baby. For more information about maternity services at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, visit www.DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/MaternityServices.