ALBANY, N.Y., May 5, 2005 ¾ Mother’s Day this Sunday will be a very special day for first time mother Amy Konsul of Athens, N. Y. On April 6, 2005, she gave birth to four sons who were all born within five minutes of one another at Albany Medical Center Hospital. This is the first set of quadruplets to be born at Albany Med since 1999 and the fourth in the Medical Center’s history.
Mrs. Konsul said she and her husband Joseph have been looking forward to having these children for a long time after years of trying to conceive. “We are absolutely blessed,” said Konsul. “We have been together since we were 14 and always believed we’d have a big family. Our prayers have been answered and our lives will never be the same again.”
Joseph James, William Joshua, Christopher John, and Adam Matthew arrived just after noon on April 6th. At the time of their birth, each weighed over 3 lbs. The babies were born at 32 weeks gestation. Average gestation is 40 weeks for single births and between 28-30 weeks for quadruplets. Following delivery, the babies were cared for in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until they were discharged more than a month ahead of their due date of June 3.
Scott Dexter, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Albany Medical College delivered the children at the Birthplace at Albany Med with anesthesiologist Cheryl DeSimone, M.D., neonatologist Carolyn Levine, M.D., and third year resident Nathalie Castillo, M.D., assisting.
According to Dr. Dexter, “Mrs. Konsul was absolutely a pleasure to care for. It is very difficult to carry quadruplets, but she hung in there and did remarkably well. I also cannot say enough about the high quality multidisciplinary care provided by the staff here at Albany Medical Center that helped a complicated pregnancy and delivery run so smoothly. It is a real tribute to the Albany Medical Center team approach.”
The pregnancy was the result of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) that was done by Owen Davis, M.D. of The Center For Reproductive Medicine and Infertility in New York City. Prior to the births, Mrs. Konsul spent 10 days at the Birthplace at Albany Med under the care of Dr. Dexter and the Birthplace staff. She has been a patient of the Women’s Health Center at Albany Med since the confirmation that she was pregnant in September. Mrs. Konsul was released from the hospital four days after the delivery.
“I really believe that the prenatal care I received at the Women’s Health Center contributed to our positive outcome,” Mrs. Konsul said. “The personalized and individual attention we received on a weekly basis, including weekly ultrasounds of the babies development, helped us to keep our focus as the boys met each developmental milestone.”
Neonatologist Carolyn Levine, M.D., who assisted in the deliveries said, “It is an amazing thing to watch four infants emerge from one uterus. In this situation, it was even more thrilling as all of the babies came out kicking and screaming, not needing much help at all from the highly specialized personnel that had gathered for the event.”
Numerous Birthplace and NICU staff were involved in the care of both mom and her four new sons. “We are very grateful to the physicians and staff at Albany Med,” Mrs. Konsul said. “The nursing staff; Chuck, Amy, Liza, Maria, Tabitha and Nora, along with all the others, were so wonderful to me, Joe and the boys. We’ll never forget their care and concern. Most importantly, Joe and I are so thankful to our families, friends, and co-workers whose tremendous support and generosity cannot be measured.”
In 2002, the last year for which statistics are available, there were 434 sets of quadruplets born in the United States, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
The NICU in the Children’s Hospital at Albany Med is a 50-bassinet unit and serves as a Level III referral center for a 25-county area of northeastern New York state and west-central New England providing the highest level of treatment for neonates. The Birthplace is part of the Women’s Health Center at Albany Med that serves as the region’s referral center for high-risk obstetrics.
For additional information, contact the Albany Medical Center public relations department at 518-262-3421.