Quadruplets Brady Jay, Addison Pamela, Riley Patricia and Parker James were born at 11:57 a.m. Dec. 12, all weighing in at under three pounds apiece.
While Dec. 12, 2012, was a day of multiples for the whole world, the concept took on new meaning for the Davies family of Green.
Matt and Tiffany Davies, Green High School graduates, welcomed quadruplets into the family. The quads are the family’s first children.
Brady Jay, Addison Pamela, Riley Patricia and Parker James were born at 11:57 a.m. Dec. 12, all weighing in at under three pounds apiece.
Matt said the pair had been having trouble getting pregnant for several years and even went through two miscarriages, when they finally decided to try IUI, or intrauterine insemination, a type of artificial insemination that implants sperm directly into the uterus. Matt said that with this type of treatment, multiples aren’t as common as they are with other methods such as in-vitro fertilization.
“The doctor said that he only sees this once every five or six years,” Matt said. “If it was done with IVF, it’s more common to have multiples.”
Matt, a 2002 Green graduate who works for Integrity Homes, said his wife’s pregnancy was risky from the get-go, putting them through nine months of turmoil.
“The toughest part was every doctor we met with recommended that we do a reduction and reduce down to two babies instead of four,” he said. “Carrying all four was very high risk for her, because she’s only four feet, 11 inches (tall), and they said there’s no way she’d be able to carry them to 30 weeks, as 30 weeks is the safe point when a woman is carrying that many children.”
Tiffany made it to 31 weeks.
“Our high risk doctor couldn’t believe that with her size, she was able to make it that far,” Matt said.
Tiffany said she thought long and hard about the reduction, but ultimately chose to take a risk.
“I figured if it wasn’t meant to be, it would be reduced in time naturally,” she said. “I just couldn’t do it. I just got attached and it was worth the risk. Now, seeing their little faces, it just breaks my heart to even think about it, so I just try not to.”
The pregnancy took the couple on an amazing journey that included weekly doctor’s appointments, bed rest and medical procedures.
Matt said the couple was extremely lucky to have had a doctor’s appointment on the day his wife began to have some cramping mid-way through her pregnancy. He said the couple was just about the leave the doctor’s office when Tiffany told the doctor about the cramping. After another check, the family’s doctor realized that Tiffany’s cervix was beginning to open.
“If she would have walked out of the doctor’s office, we probably would have miscarried all four,” Matt said through tears.
Page 2 of 2 - Tiffany, who works as a programmer at Diebold, then had to undergo a surgical procedure where doctors stitched her cervix to reduce the likelihood of miscarriage. She was then put on home bed rest from weeks 19 to 27 and carried out the rest of her pregnancy in the hospital.
“All the nurses at General were amazing,” Matt said of the staff at Akron General Medical Center. “We’ve made some good friends in there. The nurses acted like they had known us forever.”
Tiffany said she and Matt originally had wanted to have one or two children, but she is thrilled to have the opportunity to raise four, despite the change it will mean for their lives.
“I’m a little overwhelmed,” Tiffany admitted. “It came as a huge shock, but to me it’s the biggest blessing I could ask for. I was overwhelmed at the beginning. Having four is going to be extremely difficult, but now that I’ve seen all their little faces, I’m just thrilled to get them home and get life back to normal.”
The quads are still in Akron General’s neonatal intensive care unit, but Matt hopes they’ll be at home by early February.
“They’ve been really awesome,” he said. “They just started to bottle feed and they’ve been drinking about 90 percent of the bottle by themselves. I can’t believe how well they’re doing. They’re growing so well, eating so well and everything has just been going great. We’re very happy and very blessed that they’re healthy.”
The foursome is welcomed by grandparents, and the quads’ new middle-namesakes, James and Patricia Davies and Jay and Pamela Burkett, all of Green.
The quads are Patricia’s first grandchildren.
“Never in a million years would I have guessed this was going to happen in our family,” she said. “I can't help (but) to beam with pride to know that those babies — those little miracles — are my grandbabies. God does answer prayer.”
Donations for the family’s benevolent fund are set up at FirstMerit Bank branches. The fund is listed under “4 Davies Babies.” To follow their journey on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/4DaviesBabies.