Delivering multiples is something special for both an expectant mother and her doctor, but the arrival of the Olivares triplets Sunday, March 31 at the Women’s Center at Western Plains Medical Complex (WPMC) was a memorable occasion in more way than one.
Delivering multiples is something special for both an expectant mother and her doctor, but the arrival of the Olivares triplets Sunday, March 31 at the Women’s Center at Western Plains Medical Complex (WPMC) was a memorable occasion in more way than one. Newborns Jasmine, Jimena and Jeidan are not only the first set of triplets to be born at WPMC since it's opening in 1976, they are also the first trio delivered by veteran Dr. Samir Shaath, M.D., obstetrician/gynecologist at the hospital. And since 750 babies are delivered annually at WPMC, that's pretty remarkable. "This is the first time I have seen triplets, and it might be the last," laughed Shaath, who has worked at WPMC for 19 years. According to Deb Goodwin, director of marketing at WPMC, twins have been delivered at the hospital in the past, but there is a tendency to transfer births 34-weeks or less elsewhere due to possible complications. "Births [multiple] of 34-37 weeks are evaluated on a case by case basis, depending on health factors of mom and baby," Goodwin said in an e-mail. The doctor went on to explain that he was at the Women's Center by chance when the Christina Escatel arrived in labor. Escatel delivered the babies by C-section 34-weeks into her pregnancy, a normal timeframe for triplets. Shaath said her labor progressed quickly over an hour. Little Jimena was delivered first and weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces. The second arrival was baby Jasmine, who weighed 4 pounds, and .06 ounces. And to complete the trio, the girls' brother Jeidan was born weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces. All three of the babies are healthy and have captured the hearts of their family and friends. Shaath said it is not common to have triplets naturally, as was the case for Escatel. Most multiples are conceived with the help of in vitro fertilization. "I never imagined I would have three babies," Escatel said gesturing to the line of swaddled infants next to her. "But, I am happy that there have been no complications. Everything is perfect with my babies." Escatel explained that throughout her pregnancy she kept a close eye on her health and met regularly with her doctor. Carrying the babies as close to full-term as possible was an important goal for her. She also got to work building up her supply of clothes and toys. Escatel and her newborns will head home in a few days, after a routine stay at the hospital. The triplets will join their older siblings Jennifer and Ricardo. And while Escatel is likely looking forward to bringing her babies home, the staff at Women's Center will be sad to see them go. “We are thrilled to have had our first set of triplets born at the Women’s Center at Western Plains Medical Complex,” said Mechele Hailey, Director of Women’s Services. “It is truly an historic event and we are very pleased both Mom and babies are doing well.” “Our nurses here are specially trained to deal with late pre-term infants,” she said. “I’m really proud of the highly qualified staff we have here at the Women’s Center.” Western Plains Medical Complex is a Joint Commission (TJC) accredited 99 bed hospital, providing Southwest Kansans with health services that include Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology, a Cardiac Cath Lab and Cardiac Rehabilitation. For more information about Western Plains Medical Complex, visit their website at www.westernplainsmc.com.