Hinsdale – Beth Fraley has wanted to be a mom for as long as she can remember. So when she learned she and her husband, Lane, were expecting quadruplets after trying to conceive for over two years, the Wood Dale couple was excited – although understandably extremely surprised.
“We were shocked,” Beth Fraley said. “But we were very happy and excited to be pregnant. Especially when we found out the babies were healthy. After everything we’d been through, we were so grateful.”
The quadruplets – three girls and a boy – were delivered April 7 at 31 weeks and three days gestation via cesarean section at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and spent more than a month in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Their weights and lengths at birth:
- Landon James: 3 pounds, 6 ounces; 16 inches
- Olivia Grace: 2 pounds, 13 ½ ounces; 15 inches
- Clare Elizabeth: 2 pounds, 13 ½ ounces; 18 inches
- Maya Kathryn: 2 pounds, 14 ½ ounces; 16 inches
Their care team included: obstetricians Dr. Mary Jean Cannon, Dr. Joan Cardone, Dr. Carla Carpenter, and Dr. Susan Murrey; and neonatologists Dr. Leslie Farolan, Dr. Stavros Ionides, Dr. Milen Peev, and Dr. Evangelia Zikos.
“Considering the fact that they were born at 31 3/7 weeks, they’re doing as well as we would expect,” said Ionides, NICU medical director.
Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is designated with a Level III standing for obstetric and neonatal care. This designation by the Illinois Department of Health is reserved for hospitals that offer the highest degree of quality care for high-risk moms and high-risk newborns. The NICU is part of the hospital’s Birck Family Women’s and Children’s Center, a comprehensive program providing top-level maternity and neonatal care.
The Fraleys conceived the quadruplets, all of who are fraternal, via intrauterine insemination (IUI), also known as artificial insemination.. They had been trying to conceive for more than a year before they started seeing Dr. Michael Hickey, a reproductive endocrinologist/infertility specialist who treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Once they conceived, Beth Fraley became a patient at the hospital’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Center, under the care of Dr. William Meyer, a perinatologist.
The Fraleys, both 30 years old, are about to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary. Lane is manager of the change management department at the Walgreens corporate office in Deerfield. Beth is a speech-language pathologist at Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation, a department of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, specializing in feeding therapy for children ranging in age from infants to three years old. She previously worked as a speech therapist in Adventist Hinsdale Hosptial’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Beth’s experience working with many children who were born premature or who exhibit developmental delays gives her a unique perspective on just how healthy her own children are.
“We know how lucky we are,” she said. “And we’re so grateful for the doctors, nurses, therapists and others who have taken care of us at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. We truly felt like we were part of a family.”
Lane and Beth already have noticed personality differences in the quadruplets. Lane describes them:
- “Landon, the only boy, shows signs of being strong and assertive, which will be perfect for watching over his three sisters. He has formed a particularly strong bond with his mom, which we take as a sign of him growing up to be sensitive and caring.”
- “Of all the babies, Olivia enjoys her sleep the most and is probably the biggest mystery to us. But once awake, she's sensitive and cute with her dark eyes and longer dark hair.”
- “Clare is the most vocal and active of the group. You can tell she will be very extraverted and caring with how much she welcomes interaction with us.”
- “Maya seems to be the most independent of the bunch, always on her own schedule. At times, she becomes extremely alert and can hold you transfixed with her bright eyes.”
All four cribs share a bedroom in the Fraley’s three-bedroom Wood Dale home. The dressers and changing tables take up one of the other bedrooms. The couple already has gotten help taking care of the babies from Beth’s parents and two sisters, who live in Brookfield, and Lane’s family, who mostly live in Rockford.
The Fraleys appreciate all the support they’ve gotten so far from family and friends. Beth’s co-workers at Adventist Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation held a diaper drive, raising more than 100 packages of diapers and wipes in a variety of sizes for the quadruplets. The families of some of her patients have offered to help cook meals for them and some of the NICU nurses have offered their help taking care of the babies at home.
“I’ve never been scared,” Beth said. “I’m confident some days will be harder than others but I’ve always wanted to be a mom, so I know we’ll just handle life one day at a time.”
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